A DAY after a single bench judgment of the Delhi High Court cleared the way for the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to auction off the Taj Mansingh Hotel, a division bench of the HC has asked the council to “not take any precipitate action”. The bench of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Pratibha Rani granted time to Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL) to “strengthen” its appeal by adding relevant grounds from the single bench judgment.
However, the court observed that the appeal was “half baked”. It added that there was “no need for urgency” as the hotel was functional, and the NDMC would not have “seized it without notice”. “Has the country become a banana republic,” asked the bench after the counsel for IHCL said the NDMC could “take over” the property if the matter was not heard urgently.
It added, “By Friday, you give your crystallized grounds. They will have to go to you and give you notice before any action is taken. They are not going to do it overnight.”