Friday, August 04, 2017

HC pulls up Vistara, AirAsia lawyer for comment against Swamy

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today pulled up one of the lawyers appearing for AirAsia India and Vistara airlines for terming BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s arguments for suspending their flying licences as a “publicity stunt”.
While the BJP leader responded to the comment by saying he has “no lack of publicity”, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar disapproved of the conduct after which the woman lawyer apologised.
“We do not approve of such conduct in our court. You cannot make such comments merely because he is a public figure,” the bench said.
The strong remarks by the bench came when during the hearing the lawyer, who was appearing for one of the two private airlines, said the points that Swamy was making were for publicity.
Swamy was arguing that the flying licences granted to the carriers, which are joint ventures of Tata Group with Malaysia based AirAsia Berhad and Singapore Airlines, were in violation of the government’s policy on foreign investment.
04/08/17 PTI/