Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Jet Airways-Etihad deal: Supreme Court to hear Subramanian Swamy's plea after 12 weeks

The Supreme Court today said it would start the final hearing on the plea of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, seeking the quashing of the deal between Jet Airways and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, after 12 weeks.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud fixed Swamy's plea for hearing after three months.

The BJP leader had amended the plea after the apex court directed him to also challenge the bilateral agreement between India and the UAE on increasing the number of flights between the two countries.

"We will list it for hearing after 12 weeks," the bench said after Swamy submitted that he was seeking that the treaty between the two countries on giving access to air space to each other was set aside.
The court had, in March 2016, asked Swamy to implead other airlines as parties to the list as they might also get affected if the court decided either in favour or against the Jet-Etihad deal.

Swamy had earlier questioned the government's decision to execute the agreement in favour of Abu Dhabi under the Air Services Agreement between the governments of India and the UAE, claiming that under the deal, the lion's share of seats would go to Etihad and the Indian carriers would lose out.

He had also claimed that the seat-sharing agreements between India and the UAE would adversely impact Indian interests.
05/02/18 PTI/moneycontrol.com