New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought
response from the Centre on an NGO`s plea seeking a direction
to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to inquire into
purchase orders of 111 aircraft costing a whopping Rs 67,000
crore to Air India.
A bench headed by Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri issued
notice to the Centre, Air India, CVC, CBI and CAG directing
them to file their response within four weeks and listed the
matter for further hearing on November 23.
The direction of the court came on a plea of Centre for
Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) seeking CVC inquiry into
aircraft purchase deals of Air India and the role played by
the Civil Aviation Ministry.
"The petitioner (CPIL) requests this court to direct the
CVC to conduct a thorough inquiry into aircraft acquisition
deals of Air India and its loss of market-share by giving up
profitable routes and timings, and the role played by the
Civil Aviation Ministry. If the CVC finds a prima facie case,
it can then get the matter investigated through the CBI as per
law," the application said.
Earlier, the high court had issued notices to Centre, Air
India, CVC, CBI and CAG on CPIL`s petition.
Later, it had also asked CVC and the CAG about action
taken by them on the issues raised in the petition.
The NGO, in its fresh application, cited the CAG report
to buttress its plea that the Civil Aviation Ministry acted in
"haste and in mala fide" manner.