Thursday, December 19, 2019

HC dismisses state govt’s plea on Tvm airport

Kochi: The high court on Wednesday dismissed petitions filed by the state government and others challenging central government’s move to lease out operation of Trivandrum International Airport to Adani Group.
A division bench of Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice AM Shaffique considered a total of seven petitions, including one filed by the state government. The other petitions considered by the court were filed by Mahesh G, KP Suresh, Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (KSIDC), Airport Authority Employees Union, Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and CPM leader M Vijayakumar. The airport was established in 1932 and converted to an international aerodrome in the 70s.

While dismissing the petitions, the court said the challenge in the petitions is towards a policy decision of the central government and that only the Supreme Court can consider such a dispute.

Representing the central government, assistant solicitor general P Vijayakumar had argued that only the apex court can consider a petition against the central government when there is a dispute with the state government.

It was contended by the state government that the state stands to lose significantly by the Centre’s decision which is against public interest as it will not result in better management of the airport.
19/12/19 Times of India
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