Wednesday, February 18, 2009

SC to hear BIAL, MIAL's plea on March 3

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear on March 3 a petition challenging the Karnataka High Court judgment that quashed Bangalore International Airport Ltd's decision to award a duty-free shops contract to Nuance Group AG of Switzerland and Shoppers Stop.
With this, the apex court will also hear another similar petition filed by Dubai-based travel retail business company Flemingo Duty Free Shops Pvt Ltd challenging the Mumbai High Court verdict that quashed Mumbai International Airport Ltd's (MIAL's) decision to award the contract to DFS India.
A bench headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat asked the parties to maintain the status quo till the matter is disposed of.
Both the High Courts had held that MIAL and BIAL were a 'state' within the meaning of Article 12 of the Constitution.Both the Nuance Group and DFS Ventures, Singapore, had challenged the High Courts' orders.
The Karnataka High Court on December 19 last year, on Flemingo's plea, had set aside the award and directed BIAL to reissue fresh tenders within 45 days.
17/02/09 ZeeNews
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