Monday, January 09, 2023

Subramanian Swamy withdrew a 2013 plea seeking the quashing of Jet Airways – Etihad alliance

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy withdrew from the Supreme Court his 2013 plea seeking the quashing of an alliance between Jet Airways and the Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways.

“I wish to withdraw this, it is the Jet-Etihad matter. Now there is no Jet, no Etihad,” Swamy told a bench of Justices M R Shah and C T Ravikumar. The court then remarked in a lighter vein, “We do not know who is responsible for that.”

Taking note of his submissions, the top court allowed Swamy to withdraw his plea. “The petitioner seeks permission to withdraw given subsequent developments. The petitioner stands dismissed as withdrawn,” the bench said while granting him liberty to file a fresh application if there is any new cause of action.

The apex court had issued notices to the Centre, the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of External Affairs, the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and others in the case.

Swamy had submitted that the deal was against public interest as there has been squandering of natural resources i.e. the sky and air space. He claimed that the deal was cleared against the advice of the Parliament Select Committee and other advisory bodies. Swamy had also submitted that even the CAG has found that there has been a reckless allocation of air space to foreign airlines.

09/01/23 Radhika Bansal/100knots

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