Kerela govt moves SC against 'Arbitrary' airport lease to Adani enterprises

25 November

Kerela govt moves SC against 'Arbitrary' airport lease to Adani enterprises

The kerela state government have moved a petition to the supreme Court regarding the decision of leasing TRV airport to Adani enterprises. This decision of filling the petition against the union cabinet decision was taken after a all-party meeting was conducted. The Adani enterprise had won the rights to run six airports Lucknow, Ahmedabad, jaipur, Mangaluru, TRV and Guwahati after a bidding process which took place on 2019. The Left Democratic Front government has filed the appeal challenging the Kerala High Court decision to dismiss the plea on October 19 on the grounds that it was directed against the privatisation policy of the Centre and hence devoid of merits.The contention of Kerala is that the attempt on the part of the Airport Authority to grant right of operation, management and development of Thiruvananthapuram Airport, to a private party who has no previous experience in managing airports, is not in public interest and is violative of the provisions of the Airport Authority of India Act, 1994, the plea said.Last year, the High Court had dismissed the petition challenging the decision, terming it as not maintainable under Article 226 of the Constitution.

The state government then filed an appeal before the Supreme Court challenging the high court order. The apex court set aside the judgement of the high court and the matter was remanded to it for a decision on merit. Referring to the top court’s directive, the state government had said, "All further proceedings in relation to grant of lease with regard to operation, management and development of.