Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Karnataka High Court Rejects Challenge To Handing Over Of Mangalore Airport Management To Adani Group

The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by the Airports Authority Employees Union, challenging the decision of the Central Government and the Airports Authority of India to hand over the contract for operation and management of Mangalore International Airport to Adani Enterprises Limited.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum passed the order considering that a similar matter was decided by the Kerala High Court and the decision of leasing the airports being a policy decision taken by the government of India, no interference is required. The Kerala High Court had last year rejected a challenge made to the handing over of the Trivandrum airport management to Adani Group.

Full copy of the judgment is awaited.

Senior Advocate Ashok Haranahalli appearing for the petitioners, referred to Section 12 of the Airports Authority of India Act, had submitted that "The premises of the airport can be leased but my submission is that the entire airport is given away to a private person for operations."

Referring to the lease agreement it was pointed out that, "No revenue sharing with the government is there, entire fixation of the lease is on per passenger fee. Even the revenue derived from leasing of airport space is not shared with the government."

14/09/21 Mustafa Plumber/LiveLaw

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