The Airport Authority of India (AAI) on Friday got the nod of the Karnataka High Court to dismantle all its equipment installed at the HAL Airport, which was closed for commercial operation of aircraft from May 24, 2008 after the opening of the international airport at Devanahalli.
A Division Bench comprising K. Sreedhara Rao and Justice L. Narayanaswamy passed the interim order while hearing the public interest litigation petitions filed in 2008 challenging the closure of HAL airport for commercial operation.
The AAI was unable to remove any of its major equipment due to status quo granted by the High Court earlier.
In its application filed last year, the AAI said that these equipment were lying idle and their condition was deteriorating as they had not been put to use in the past three years.
It said that it wanted to use these equipment at some of its airports elsewhere where there was a need for improving facilities for passengers.
When the petitions came up for hearing, the Bench considered the application as the AAI had given an undertaking to the court that it (AAI) would re-equip the airport terminal with all infrastructure if the High Court orders re-opening the HAL airport for commercial operation by allowing the petitions.
The Karnataka High Court on Friday reserved the orders in a public interest litigation petition filed by the Judicial Layout Residents' and Site Owners' Association in 2002.
The petitioner-association had had alleged that the then office-bearers of the Karnataka State Judicial Department House Building Cooperative Society had sold the land reserved for civic amenities and parks by converting them into residential sites by violating the approved layout plan.
A specially constituted Division Bench, comprising Justice Ram Mohan Reddy and Justice H. Billappa, reserved verdict while directing the parties to submit their written arguments and replies by December 12.
The Bench said that it will hear on December 16 a contempt of court petition, filed in 2004, against the then office-bearers of the society for violating an order of the High Court; and hearing on the two PILs filed in 2006-07 by a few retired judges, seeking an inquiry by the CBI or an independent agency into the alleged illegalities in the affairs of the society, on December 2.