Eviction order against DFC not to be enforced for 4 weeks: High Court
A Bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal said the period of four weeks would start from Tuesday and issued notice to the Centre and AAI seeking their reply to the appeals of the flying club and Aero Club of India Pvt Ltd (ACIPL) against a single judge order.
The single judge had last month dismissed their pleas challenging the Airport Authority of India’s (AAI) eviction order, directives regarding licence fee and show-cause notices issued to DFC for non-payment of licence fee dues of over Rs 8.3 crore. In their appeal they have contended that the Aviation Ministry by a letter of October 9, 2012 had asked AAI to not enforce the authority’s 2007 decision to hike licence fees till a policy is formulated by the government regarding who would be eligible for nominal licence fees.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the two clubs, claimed that till date no such policy has come.
The court then asked the Centre, represented by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain, whether any such policy has been framed and listed the matter for further hearing on August 31.
The ASG, during the hearing, contended that the Safdarjung Airport is a high security zone where the flying club can no longer be allowed to operate as the government has some plans for the area which cannot be disclosed in the court.