Election Commission approached on Tata-AirAsia deal: HC informed

Mar 12 2014, 22:08 IST
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In its plea, FIA has sought quashing of the approval granted by the Ministry of Civil Aviation to the airline. (AP) In its plea, FIA has sought quashing of the approval granted by the Ministry of Civil Aviation to the airline. (AP)
SummaryThe Delhi High Court was today informed that the Election Commission has been approached...

has sought quashing of the approval granted by the Ministry of Civil Aviation to the airline.

FIA has moved the high court after the Director General of Civil Aviation on February 21 granted a permit to AirAsia to commence its scheduled air operations.

During earlier hearing, the court had asked the Centre, the airline and other respondents to file their replies to an additional affidavit of Swamy that the authorities before the court are either "false and misleading" or the Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA) "has acted illegally and in utter disregard of law".

Swamy, on being ordered by the apex court, had filed the PIL in the high court seeking various reliefs including setting aside of all "approvals/permissions" granted to the Tata-AirAsia joint venture.

He had also filed two applications, which had been earlier decided, seeking interim relief of stay on decision taken on April 3, 2013 by the Centre and restraining it from granting any further approval/NOC to the joint venture.

The two interim pleas have been dismissed by the high court and the Supreme Court had refused to pass any interim direction to the Centre on granting various clearances and license to fly.

The apex court had also made it clear that the outcome of the pending petition in the high court will affect the joint venture deal.

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