Apex court stays High Court order
The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed a Meghalaya High Court order directing private airlines to commence operations immediately from the Umroi airport in the northeastern State.
The order was passed by a Bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices S.K. Kaul and K.M. Joseph, on the basis of separate petitions filed by IndiGo and SpiceJet.
The petitions were heard on an urgent basis after IndiGo, represented by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, made an oral mention before the CJI court, saying the High Court passed the order despite the fact that there were no basic facilities like firefighting and landing available at the airport, located 30 km away from the State capital, Shillong. Moreover, Mr. Rohatgi added, IndiGo did not have the slots for operating flights from the Umroi airport. The apex court was told that the High Court on its own had last week taken up the matter and asked the Director-General of Civil Aviation, the Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, and the Airports Authority of India chairman to hold a meeting within a week on the issue of making the airport operational. The court issued notice on the plea of the private airlines and stayed the High Court order.