SC sends back plea on T'puram airport to Kerala HC

The Supreme Court remanded back to the Kerala High Court, the petition of the state government challenging the proposal of the Airports Authority of India to grant the Thiruvananthapuram airport's management rights to the Adani group.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A Bobde heard the submissions on behalf of Kerala government and other parties for some time, and then decided to send the dispute for adjudication to the high court.

The bench, also comprising Justices B.R Gavai and Surya Kant, said the contention with regard to applicability of Article 131 (which relates to the dispute between Centre and states) would remain open for further hearing if needed. The Kerala government had moved the high court and then the apex court against the AAI's proposal to grant management and operation rights of the airport to the Adani Enterprises Limited for the next 50 years.