Saturday, July 29, 2023

Go First Case: Delhi HC orders status quo with respect to SMBC aviation's aircrafts

Justice Tara Vitasta Ganju of Delhi High Court on July 28, ordered status quo with respect aircrafts leased to grounded airline Go First by lessor SMBC Aviation Capital.

The status quo is with respect to handling and carrying out non-revenue activities on the aircraft.

The order was passed in an application filed by SMBC alleging that Go First violated the previous order of Delhi High Court as it had 'handled' the aircraft against explicit directions of the court. Appearing for SMBC, senior advocate Rajiv Nayyar sought for an order of status quo. He argued that the airline conducted test flights with the aircraft.

Appearing for Go First's Resolution Professional (RP) senior advocate Ramju Srinivasan argued that the airline was merely carrying maintenance work to check the airworthiness and not operate them. Srinivasan also sought for time to file a response to SMBC's application.

However, the court sought for more clarification on how 'handling' could be considered. The high court while permitting the RP to file a response, noted that SMBC had made a case for ordering a status quo and thus passed the order.

28/07/2023 SN Thyagarajan/Moneycontrol

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