Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Kerala HC declines stay on decision to lease out Thiruvananthapuram airport to Adani group

Kochi: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Tuesday declined to issue an interim order staying further proceedings on the Central government's order approving the grant of the lease on the right of operation, management and development of the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport to Adani Enterprises Limited for 50 years.

When the petition filed by the state government came up for hearing, the Bench decided to adjourn the case for final hearing on September 15.

The court also directed the parties in the case to wrap up their arguments before September 9.

The state argued that the leasing out of buildings and structures as well as other premises of the Airport was not in the public interest.

The Supreme Court had set aside the judgment of the High Court dismissing the government’s writ petition against the Airport Authority of India's (AAI) 'Request for Proposal' to grant the right of operation, management and development of the airport to Adani Enterprises Limited.
The Supreme Court had also sent back the matter to the High Court for considering the government's challenge on merit.

However, during the pendency of the writ petition, the Centre had now approved the lease in favour of the Adani group under section 12A of the Airports Authority of India Act 1994.

It was understood that necessary contractual transactions would be entered into by the Central government, AAI and the company following the approval from the Centre.
25/08/20 New Indian Express
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