The Delhi High Court has today directed that no coercive action be taken against Delhi International Airport Limited by Delhi Cantonment Board in relation to an Rs. 2,589 crore property tax for the period of 2016 to 19 as demanded by the authority.
A divisional bench of the Delhi HC comprising Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan while hearing the matter through video conferencing noted that, “Time, as sought, is granted to file the replies. Meanwhile, no coercive action be taken against the petitioner (DIAL) till the next date of hearing”.
The petition has been filed by DIAL seeking quashing of Rs. 2589 crore demanding order along with direction for the declaration of the land on which the IGI Airport is constructed is not a cantonment and because of which the it does not fall onto DCB’s Jurisdiction.
The petition states that a part of the airport land is under the jurisdiction of South Delhi Municipal Corporation on which the DIAL pays property tax to the authority and for the remaining land, DCB has been demanding the same.
The court has listed the matter for 14th September 2020, restricting the DCB from taking coercive action against DIAL.
-India Legal Bureau