Thursday, July 23, 2020

Delhi International Airport challenges Rs 2,600 crore property tax demand by DCB

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought response of the Centre on a plea by DIAL, which operates the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, challenging the demand of nearly Rs 2,600 crore property tax by the cantonment board for the 2016-19 period.

The high court, however, refused to pass any interim order on the plea seeking stay on the June 15 decision of the board or protecting the Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) from any coercive action for non-payment of the amount which had to be paid within 30 days of raising of the demand.

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan issued notices to the ministries of Home Affairs, Defence and Civil Aviation, Delhi Cantonment Board (DCB) and Airport Authority of India (AAI) seeking their stand by August 12.

The high court declined repeated requests by DIAL's counsel for an interim order.

The bench also said that if any action was taken by DCB, DIAL can move an application before the court.

Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma and central government standing counsel Anil Soni accepted notice on behalf of the ministries.

They and the DCB opposed the plea for stay by DIAL and also questioned maintainability of the petition.

Besides seeking quashing of the June 15 order demanding an amount of Rs 2589,10,97,035, the plea also seeks a declaration that the land on which IGI is located is not a cantonment and therefore, does not fall in jurisdiction of the DCB.
23/07/20 PTI/ET

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