The Hindu

Kerala govt. moves HC against airport leasing

‘State has substantia­l rights over land’

- Special Correspond­ent

The Kerala government on Friday filed an applicatio­n in the High Court seeking to stay all further proceeding­s in pursuance to the Union government’s order approving grant of lease/concession on the right of operation, management and developmen­t of the Thiruvanan­thapuram Internatio­nal Airport to Adani Enterprise­s Ltd.

The government said the Supreme Court had set aside a judgment of the High Court dismissing the government’s writ plea against the Airport Authority of India’s (AAI) ‘Request for Proposal’ to grant the right of operation, management and developmen­t of the airport to the Adani Group. The Supreme Court while passing the verdict had sent back the matter to the High Court for considerin­g the government’s challenge on merit.

However, during the pendency of the writ petition, the Centre had approved the lease in favour of the Adani Group.

The State government had substantia­l proprietar­y and other rights over the land on which the airport was built. Besides, as the grant of lease/concession had been approved when the matter was sub

judice, the balance of convenienc­e was in favour of the government.

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