Jet-Etihad deal: Supreme Court agrees to hear PIL

Swamy mentioned the matter before a bench led by P Sathasivam and sought an urgent hearing in view of the approval to the deal.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 5, 2013 4:14 am

A day after it received the requisite approvals from authorities,the Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear on October 8 a PIL by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to get the Centre’s approval to Jet-Etihad Airways deal quashed.

Swamy mentioned the matter before a bench led by Chief Justice P Sathasivam and sought an urgent hearing in view of the approval to the deal. Jet Airways had on April 24 announced plans to sell 24 per cent equity to Etihad Airways for about Rs 2,058 crore,as part of a strategic alliance that would lead to a major expansion in their global network.

Swamy had in his PIL questioned the Centre’s decision to execute the agreement in favour of Abu Dhabi under the existing Air Service Agreement between the governments of India and United Arab Emirates.

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