New Delhi: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has challenged the Jet-Etihad deal in the Supreme Court, alleging that the UAE airline is being chosen as the favourite with additional air traffic rights.
According to the SC’s observation the plea should not be limited to just the Jet-Etihad agreement. The Bench has in fact asked Swamy to revise his plea and challenge the treaty between India and UAE (Aviation-related MoU).
Now, Dr. Subramanian Swamy will revise the petition and will implead Air India, Spicejet, Indigo, FIA (Federation of Indian Airlines).
The plea, according to the apex court, should be widened to challenge the India-UAE seat sharing treaty.
“There is a need to examine which other airlines are unduly benefiting under the treaty,” the Supreme Court said.
Swamy has claimed that the exchequer lost Rs. 9500 crores, and the cancellation of the bilateral, dated December 2013, will benefit the exchequer.
The next hearing is scheduled to be held on 19th July of this year.