The Centre was on Wednesday directed by the Delhi High Court to respond to a plea filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy seeking to restrain the government from granting any approval for investment by a foreign airline in a greenfield airline project such as AirAsia.

A bench of Chief Justice N. V. Ramana and Justice Manmohan issued notice to Civil Aviation Ministry, DGCA, and others, and sought their response by October 30.

Dr. Swamy, who filed the application in his pending PIL against AirAsia, sought stay of the deal, and claimed that the government was scheduled to consider another similar deal between Singapore airlines and Tatas this month. —PTI