• Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (26 of 1996) S.  3, 31(5) - Even otherwise, on perusal of the award, it is evident that the provisions of Sections 3 and 31(5) of 1996 Act have not been complied with - There is no reference that the copy of the award was sent to the individual partners - The plea that the firm was being represented and, therefore, there was no need to sent individual notice to the partners, falls flat. Held, that even otherwise, on perusal of the award, it is evident that the provisions of Sections 3 and 31(5) of 1996 Act have not been complied with. There is no reference that the copy of the award was sent to the individual partners. The plea that the firm was being represented and, therefore, there was no need to sent individual notice to the partners, falls flat, for the reason that in the objection petition filed on behalf of respondent S.S, the firm and as well as individual partners were arrayed as respondents, in their individual capacity. Had it been so, there was no occasion for S.S. to array all the partners as it is settled law that award can be implemented against the individual partners, and not against the firm alone.  (182) P.L.R.