Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Air India case: Supreme Court asks tribunal to decide Delhi International Airport charges, puts 2-month deadline

The ministry of civil aviation has made a proposal to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet to extend the tenure of the current bench of AERAAT (Airport Economic Regulatory Authority Apellate Tribunal) by a year — till March 2018 — for quick resolution of the issues regarding the decrease in tariff at the Delhi International Airport (DIAL). This is pursuant to the Supreme Court asking AERAAT to decide on the appeals against the tariff orders of Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) as expeditiously as possible, preferably within two months.
Air India, while moving the apex court seeking implementation of the reduced tariff for the second control period at DIAL, had raised the issue with regard to the tenure of the current bench of AERAAT expiring on March 8. The SC has now kept the matter for further hearing on April 24. In May 2016, the Supreme Court had asked AERA to decide on the matter within three months by August 2016. Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar appeared for Air India while senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi represented DIAL.
The tenure of the current bench of AERAAT will come to an end by March 8 this year and while hearing the matter on February 23, the appellate tribunal asked for an assurance from the civil aviation ministry for extending the term till the appeal is disposed of.
28/02/17 Malyaban Ghosh/The Financial Express