Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear on Friday a plea of the Centre seeking modification of an earlier order virtually stopping the dismantling process of India`s first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant decommissioned in 1997.
The Supreme Court will Friday hear a plea by the Centre for the relocation of the country`s now decommissioned first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant to Darukhana ship breaking yard on grounds of its dilapidated condition.
Justifying its decision to scrap INS Vikrant, the Union Ministry of Defence told the Bombay High Court that the ship has completed its operational life and it would be in the best interest of the naval services to dispose it.
The Bombay High Court on Monday directed the Union and the state governments to file replies to a petition demanding that INS Vikrant, India`s first aircraft carrier, now decommissioned, be preserved and not scrapped.
The Defence Ministry has initiated the process for the auctioning of the decommissioned aircraft carrier INS Vikrant. A decision to this effect was taken after the Maharashtra government expressed its inability to maintain the ship.