New Delhi, May 11: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today moved the Delhi High Court seeking "immediate suspension" of flying licence granted to airline AirAsia India alleging that it had obtained it through "fraud".
The application, also seeking contempt proceedings against three officials of AirAsia for allegedly filing false counter affidavit in the court, was mentioned before a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath, which is hearing Swamy's plea challenging grant of flying licence to AirAsia India by regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
He alleged that the officials did not disclose the commercial agreement of April 17, 2014 titled 'Brand License Agreement' in relation to determination of effective control as it clearly establishes that the operations, management and policy decisions are controlled by the foreign airline, AirAsia Berhad, and is not with Indian Nationals.
Apart from seeking immediate suspension of the airline's licence, the application has sought calling of records of DGCA and to examine them to see whether the authorities had granted the AOP after considering the commercial agreement executed AirAsia India.
Malaysia's largest budget-carrier AirAsia had set up the joint venture with the Tata Group and Telestra Tradeplace to launch the regional airline in India.
In his PIL, Swamy has challenged the clearance granted to the airline on the ground that according to the policy, foreign investment is only permitted for an existing airline but AirAsia India was not an existing carrier.