Kerala govt. moves HC against airport leasing
‘State has substantial rights over land’
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.