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IHCL moves SC against auctioning of Taj Mansingh hotel

Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL), which runs the Taj Mansingh Hotel in the national Capital, has approached Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court order that cleared the decks for auctioning of the iconic property.

The firm has challenged the October 27 verdict delivered by a division bench of high court which had dismissed IHCL’s petition challenging the move by New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to auction the property. When contacted, advocate Rishi Agrawala, appearing for IHCL in the matter, said they have filed a petition in the Supreme Court in the matter but it is under defect. “We have filed it (petition in Supreme Court). It is not registered fully. It is in defect but it has been numbered,” Agrawala said. 

The high court, in its verdict, had dismissed IHCL’s plea saying the company has “no right” for renewal of the licence period and the NDMC was “within its power” to secure maximum consideration for grant of licence for the property situated at the prime location of 1, Man Singh Road in Lutyen’s Delhi.

“To put it pithily, IHCL has no right under the licence for a renewal thereof and therefore no further issue needs to be considered and decided,” the high court had said while dismissing IHCL’s appeal in which it had challenged a single judge order dismissing their suit seeking to restrain NDMC from auctioning the property.  
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