Supreme Court upholds Bombay High Court’s judgement granting of concession rights of Nagpur Airport to GAL

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New Delhi : The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India vide its Order dated 9th May 2022, has upheld the judgement of the Hon’ble Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court that had previously quashed and set aside the Letter dated March 19, 2020 issued by MIHAN India Limited annulling the bidding process for the Nagpur Airport.

The Hon’ble Supreme Court has specifically held, while dismissing the SLPs filed by MIHAN Indian Limited, Government of Maharashtra, Airport Authority of India & Union of India, that the findings of the High Court allowing the writ petition of GMR are in accordance to law and that the findings do not suffer from any illegality, warranting interference by the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

Accordingly, the Authorities are expected to execute the Concession Agreement at the earliest for the Nagpur Airport with GMR. GMR had emerged as the highest bidder in the tender process conducted by MIHAN India Limited for the Nagpur Airport in 2019. The Letter of Award was issued to GMR in March 2019. However, Government of Maharashtra decided to cancel the tender process in March 2020 and MIHAN India Limited issued a Letter annulling the bid process, which was set aside by the Hon’ble Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court in August 2021 and the said judgement was now upheld by the Hon’ble Supreme Court vide its Order dated 9th May 2022.

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