Saturday, December 24, 2016

Centre draws HC fire for grounding air charter firm

"Is demonetisation affecting all government policies," the Delhi high court wondered on Friday, staying the Centre's decision to ground a private air charter service for ferrying Rs 3.5 crore of demonetised notes.
Justice Sanjiv Sachdeva stayed till February 6 the decision of the Centre to reject the security clearance of the private firm. "Where does it give you the power to cancel the licence? The money did not belong to them. They were not carrying arms, only carrying cash. Cash does not become a bomb," Justice Sachdeva observed, demanding an explanation from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) after it claimed that the action against the charter airline was taken for carrying banned notes in such a "huge volume".
The HC put on hold the government's December 8, 2016 decision to reject the security clearance of Air Car Airlines Pvt Ltd, the petitioner, as well as any consequential action under a show cause notice of December 13 till the next date of hearing. The HC pointed out that the cash was released and no action was taken against the passenger in whose luggage the money was found, but the airline's security clearance has been revoked.
24/12/16 The Times Of India
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