Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday permitted Flemingo Duty Free Shops Private Limited to amend its writ petition challenging its exclusion from the tender proceedings initiated by Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) that is coming up at Devanahalli near here.

Flemingo said that it was incorporated in 2004 with 51 per cent equity participation from Flemingo International Limited and that it operated duty-free shops at airports and sea ports.

It said that it had sent its expression of interest to BIAL in setting up duty free shops at the new international airport coming up at Devanahalli, near Bangalore.

It said that it had come to know through the Internet that it was not preferred and that BIAL had invited some other companies for setting up duty free shops. It had urged the court to issue a direction to BIAL to permit it to participate in the bid. But BIAL had not permitted it to participate in the bid.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Cyriac Joseph and Justice Rammohan Reddy permitted Flemingo to amend the writ petition and noted that the Supreme Court had asked the High Court to dispose off the petition expeditiously. The Bench adjourned the case to September 18.