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Delhi HC defers hearing on Reliance plea till Feb 6

Reliance has challenged the award of Delhi and Mumbai airport modernisation contracts to rival companies.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 12:22 IST

The Delhi High Court has deferred till Monday, February 6, the hearing on the petition filed by Reliance Airport Developers.

Reliance Airport Developers has challenged the award of Delhi and Mumbai airport modernisation contracts to rival companies.

It came amid scramble with the case being tossed from one court to another.

The matter was initially taken up by a Division Bench of Chief Justice Markandeya Katju and Justice Madan B Lokur as soon as they assembled for the day.

But the Chief Justice, without making any remarks, transferred it to a Division Bench of Justice MK Sharma and Justice OP Dwivedi.

However, the court of Justice MK Sharma sought some time to peruse the documents relating to the case and suggested the matter be taken up on Monday, February 6.

At this stage, R Karanjiwala, counsel representing the GVK Group of industries, intervened, and urged Justice Sharma to refer the matter to another Bench as he did not want the it to be heard by a Bench that had Justice Dwivedi as a member.

Karanjiwala said he did not want the matter to be heard by Justice Dwivedi, since it involved judicial propriety as the Judge's daughter was working with him.

Following the submissions, Justice Sharma tossed the issue back to the Chief Justice's court for reference.

After being briefed about the developments in the court of Justice Sharma, the Chief Justice announced that the matter would now be taken up by a Division Bench headed by Justice TS Thakur and posted the matter for hearing on Monday.