The Bombay High Court on Monday dismissed three petitions filed by Techno Trade Impex India Pvt Ltd, asking the state government to accept the delivery of 82 bomb suits, a robot and a total containment vehicle (TCV) and clear the company’s dues of Rs. 14 crore.
The company was ordered to supply the equipment in the wake of the 26/11 terror attacks. However, the home department has refused to take delivery citing various reasons.
The state refused the TCV on the grounds that more advanced versions have been purchased by the Mumbai and Delhi airport companies at a lesser price. Mumbai International Airports Ltd. and Delhi International Airport Ltd. had purchased the TCV from a US based company at Rs 3.68 crore and 4.25 crore respectively against Rs. 6.24 crore charged by Techno Trade.
Company’s counsel Ashok Saraogi had contended they had not over charged Mumbai police.
The airports, according to Sarogi, had brought TCVs via the sea route, whereas Techno Trade got the TCV by air. Therefore the cost included other expenses like VAT and customs duty. While the bomb suits, which reached India in August 2009, are lying in the company’s godown at Bhiwandi, the TCV is stationed outside its office at Malad, and the robot is lying at the Mumbai airport.
Replying to the petitions, Additional Government Pleader, Ranjit Bhosale, pointed out that the supplier company had refused to provide all the 82 bomb suits — so that random samples could be picked up for testing.
A division bench of Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice R P Sondurbaldota dismissed all the three petitions observing high court could not direct the state to take delivery of the equipment without it being satisfied about the quality.