01 December Thursday

HC Dismisses Petition Opposing T'Puram Airport Transfer To Adani Group

Web Desk(Tvm)Updated: Monday Oct 19, 2020


Kochi: The High Court on Monday dismissed petition seeking to stop  Thiruvananthapuram airport operations handover to the Adanis. The petition submitted jointly by state government, KITC and others was turned down by a Bench comprising Justices K Vinod Chandran and TR Ravi.

In the case, the court acknowledged Centre’s  argument that transferring airport operations to qualifying bidders  was part of the governmental policy and  one that was approved by the union cabinet. The centre said it  was determined not to hand the airport operations to those high on their tender bid.

Kerala’s demand for airport rights on grounds that, that the  state had acquired its land, cannot be legally sustained, the court ruled. Having first participated in the bidding  process and then dubbing it wrong is unacceptable, the court said. Also, the government argument that profits at one airport cannot be deployed at another, does not sit right, the court observed. The court also dismissed state’s claim that the bidding process was framed exclusively for the Adanis.