DELHI: The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) told the Supreme Court on March 3 that it wants to e-auction the iconic five-star Taj Mansingh Hotel in the heart of the national capital.
A bench of Justices P C Ghose and R F Nariman agreed to hear the NDMC’s plea on March 22 and asked Tata’s Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL), which has challenged a Delhi High Court order allowing auction of the hotel, to file objections, if any, within a week.
The apex court had earlier asked the NDMC to reconsider its decision to auction the five-star hotel in the wake of the Attorney General and Solicitor General’s opinion not to initiate any such process.
It had noted the fact that the opinions of both top law officers against the auctioning of the hotel was not placed before the Ministry of Home Affairs for consideration.
The bench had also taken note of the fact that there was an internal opinion of top NDMC officials against the auctioning process.
It had told Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain that NDMC had informed the ministry that opinions of the AG and SG favouring extension of lease, were still awaited.