In the petition, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said that a part of the airport land comes under the jurisdiction of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, for which he pays property tax to the civic body. Property tax has been demanded towards DCB for the remaining portion.
The High Court on Wednesday sought a response from the Central Government on the plea of DIAL. DIAL has challenged the property tax of about Rs 2600 crore demanded by the Delhi Cantonment Board for the year 2016-19. DIAL operates the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI).
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan issued notice to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Defense and Aviation, Delhi Cantonment Board (DCB) and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) seeking a reply by 12 August. However, the bench has refused to pass any interim order on this petition.
The petition sought adjournment on the board’s June 15 order or sought to stop any stricter action on DIAL for non-payment of tax. The board has given Dial 30 days to pay. On this, the bench said that if DCB takes any action against DIAL, then can apply before the court.
Meanwhile, Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma and Central Government Permanent Counsel Anil Soni and DCB opposed the stay petition filed by DIAL and also questioned the hearing.
On June 15, the petition sought dismissal of the demand of Rs 25,89,10,97,035 crore, besides announcing that the land on which the IGI is situated does not belong to the Cantonment Board.
Hence it does not come under the jurisdiction of DCB. The petition also sought the dismissal of letters related to various amounts previously sought by DCB under property tax.