International Airports Authority of India (IAAI) Officers Association has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the government’s authority to involve the private sector in the modernisation of airports like Mumbai and Delhi.
The special leave petition has challenged the Delhi High Court order dismissing the Association’s plea. The Association has contended that the management of airports, civil enclave, air traffic services and other similar jobs vested with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) under sections 12(1) and (2) of the AAI Act 1994.
The Association had approached the HC against the proposed move of the government to give 74 per cent equity in the modernisation process to private sector.
The Association has also pleaded that the function vested with the AAI could not be parted by an executive action without a legislative act.
On the govt relying on the provision in the AAI Act and empowering the authority to set up joint ventures for discharging its functions, the petitioner said the provision was unconstitutional as it amounted to ”excessive delegation of power without checks and balances”.