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SC asks Swamy to amend plea on Jet-Etihad deal

DELHI: The Supreme Court today asked BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to file an amended plea, seeking to quash an alliance between Jet Airways and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, by also challenging the bilateral agreement between India and the UAE on increasing the number of flights.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra was informed by Additional Solicitor General P S Narsimha, representing the Centre, that Swamy was to specifically challenge the agreement between India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on increasing the number of flights between India and the UAE, reports PTI.

Swamy told the bench, which also comprised Justices P C Pant and D Y Chandrachud, that he has already filed an amended plea in the matter.

“You (Swamy) have to file an application for amendment which has to be first allowed by this court,” the bench said, adding, “you have to file an amended application specifically challenging it.”

Swamy then sought four weeks time to file an amended plea which was allowed by the court.

The court had in March last year asked Swamy to implead other airlines as parties to the list as they may also get affected if the court decided either in favour or against the Jet-Etihad deal.

Swamy had earlier questioned the government’s decision to execute the agreement in favour of Abu Dhabi under the existing Air Services Agreement between the governments of India and UAE claiming that the lion’s share of seats would go to Etihad and the Indian carriers would lose.

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