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Airport privatisation case to be heard on July 18

Reliance counsel requested the court for early hearing as the rival consortia were already proceeding with construction.

india Updated: Jul 03, 2006 14:33 IST

The Supreme Court on Monday fixed July 18 for hearing a petition filed by Anil Ambani Reliance Airport Developers, which has challenged a Delhi High Court order upholding the government's decision to allot modernisation works of Mumbai and Delhi airports to rival bidders GMR and GVK-led consortia.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India YK Sabharwal fixed the date after the parties agreed to it.

Reliance counsel Manali Singhal requested the court for an early hearing as the rival consortia were already proceeding with the construction work at the airports.

The court would look into various issues, including the allegations about lowering of standards and giving choice to the rival bidder to pick an airport for modernisation after the financial bids were opened.

Reliance had, in its petition, contended that the High Court had arrived at an erroneous conclusion on every contentious point.

It also claimed that the Group of Ministers (GoM) had deviated from the process by lowering the standards and giving choice to the rivals after opening the financial bids.

Reliance had filed the Special Leave Petition against the April 21 High Court verdict, which held that the government's action was in no way "discriminatory, illogical or illegal".