Swamy moves EC against DGCA

 Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday approached the Election Commission to direct the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to refuse flying licences to Air Asia India and Tata-SIA until after the general elections.

In his memorandum, he asked the EC to restrain the DGCA from proceeding any further in the matter till a new government takes office. He claimed that the DGCA was “hell bent” on issuing the Airline Operators Permit (AOP) to the two airlines, though the Delhi High Court was in “an advanced stage” on hearing a case he filed with it.

He also wrote a letter to the DGCA, in which he said it would be a matter of national shame if these firms were granted licences and a clear attempt to overreach the Delhi High Court and interfere with judicial proceedings. “It would be a matter of national shame if the DGCA, while holding office, obtains for Air Asia (India) the pecuniary advantage or valuable thing – AOP/Licence whether in abuse of his position as public servant (while overreaching the court) or without any public interest,” Swamy said.

Swamy added that he would be forced to seek initiation of criminal contempt proceedings against the DGCA if it goes ahead and issues AOPs before the court’s final adjudication in July.

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