Flying club must leave Safdarjung airport: HC

July 15, 2016

New Delhi: The high court has dismissed a plea of the Delhi Flying Club challenging its eviction from Safdarjung airport, saying that in any case, the place is known more as a wedding venue than for aeronautical activities.
Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw’s decision came on the pleas of Aero Club of India Pvt Ltd (ACIPL) and Delhi Flying Club (DFC) challenging the Airport Authority of India’s (AAI) eviction order, directives regarding licence fee and show-cause notices issued to the club for non-payment of licence fee dues of over Rs 8.3 crore.
During the hearing, the court came to know that only simulation training was being imparted at DFC and observed that “said training certainly does not need such kind of valuable land and property in its occupation and qua which I as a resident of the city can say is known more now for the last at least ten years as a wedding and party venue than for its aeronautical activities.”
The court said DFC has not been meted out any injustice also taking note of the fact that the club has no share capital, which meant AAI would have no means to recover the amount if it was later held that the licence fee was recoverable.
15/07/16 Times of India

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