Janmali Gopal Rao Manikala

Janmali Gopal Rao Manikala, Principal Associate, JSA

Janmali specialises in regulatory and policy matters with a focus on litigation relating infrastructure with a focus on energy and roads. His litigation expertise includes disputes concerning determination of tariff between generating companies and distribution licensees, change in law and force majeure claims, capital cost determination of newly commissioned generating stations and disputes arising out of power purchase agreements as well as trading of electricity. Janmali has also advised on disputes arising out of concession agreements for road projects.

He has represented clients before various fora including the Supreme Court of India, Delhi High Court, Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, Central and State Electricity Regulatory Commissions as well as arbitration proceedings.

Janmali has advised and given legal opinions to leading companies (Indian & International) in the energy sector on regulatory and contractual issues relating to transmission of natural gas, power purchase agreement  obligations, transmission of electricity, mines and minerals, in particular, relating to coal and environmental compliance.



Member of Bar Council of India



BA.LLB (Hons) – National Law School of India University, Bangalore – Batch of 2012



  • English
  • Hindi
  • Telugu

Some of the key assignments in these areas handled and being handled by Janmali amongst others, cover the following :-

  • Successfully represented a generating company before the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission in seeking in-principle approval of the capital cost and operational expenditure for installing and operating emission control systems at its 3960 MW Ultra Mega Thermal Power Project located in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Successfully represented a generating company before Appellate Tribunal for Electricity and secured relief on account of the failure of the compensation clause in the power purchase agreement. CERC was directed to fashion relief which would allow the company to recover all increases in costs on account of change in law events. CERC was also directed to compute compensation for increased cost on account of errors in the pre-bid information provided by the Procurers as well as customs duty imposed on mining equipment.
  • Advised a government owned oil company in acquisition of a participating interest in the KG-D6-OSN-2001/3 Gas Block and drafted the Farm-in/Farm-out Agreement, Deed of Assignment, Government of Gujarat Guarantee, lease deeds and the power of attorney for transfer of easement rights.
  • Representing generating company which was to set up a hydro-electric power project in arbitration proceedings regarding wrongful termination of the power purchase agreement by state distribution licensee. The company was to set up 850 MW Hydroelectric Power Project located on the Chenab River near Drabshala Village, Kishtwar District of Jammu and Kashmir. However, the project development was hindered due to issues arising out of the Indus Water Treaty, law and order problems, and delay in land acquisition. The distribution company terminated the power purchase agreement on account of delay in development of the Project and levied liquidated damages.
  • Representing a road developer in arbitration proceedings initiated by a state road corporation for disputes arising out of the concession agreement for augmentation of the existing three lanes road to six lanes on BOT basis. The project could not be completed on account of to right of way, grant of vacant access issues, delay in obtaining forest clearance, delay in shifting of utilities and law and order problems.