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Reliance moves HC over airport modernisation

Reliance filed a petition in the HC challenging the government's decision to downgrade them on eligibility criteria.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 12:03 IST

Reliance on Thursday filed a petition in the Delhi High Court challenging the government's decision to downgrade them on eligibility criteria for modernisation of airport in Delhi.

Reliance had emerged as the top financial bidder.

In its petition, Reliance Airport Developers, a company of the ADAE Group, challenged the manner in which the consortium led by it was downgraded as a result of which GMR-Fraport consortium was awraded the contract for Delhi Airport.

A spokesperson for Reliance Airport Developers said the company has "filed a petition in the Delhi High Court seeking fairness and transparency in the awards of contracts of both airports.

"Reliance had emerged as a highest financial bidder for Delhi Airport. Reliance is also one of the two highest ranking bidders for both Delhi and Mumbai Airports."

The spokesperson, however, said that Reliance fully supported Government's reform process towards modernisation of Delhi and Mumbai Airports and did not elaborate on the petition saying the matter was subjudice.

In its petition filed through their counsel Manali and Mahesh Agarwal, the company sought cancellation of the entire bidding process, stating that the decision of the authorities to grant the right to GMR-Fraport was arbitrary and illegal.

The petitioners cited Airports Authority of India (AAI), the Union Government and the GMR group as respondents.

Reliance moved the High Court a day after writing to all the members of Empowered Group of Ministers on modernisation of Airports protesting against the manner in which they were informed at the last minute of the changes in Request For Proposal (RFP) or tender conditions.

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 11:01 IST