Special Correspondent

“Inspection report should be filed before the court to pass further orders”

Judge directs the DGCA to verify whether the petitioner has renewed the policy

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Tuesday permitted Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) authorities to inspect two aircraft of Paramount Airways to assess safety aspects.

Interim order

Passing an interim order on an application filed by DGCA, Justice K. Venkataraman said the inspection report should be filed before the court to pass further orders. He posted the matter for June 3.

Following a contention from ECC Leasing Company Ltd., Ireland, which had leased out the aircraft, that Paramount had not renewed insurance policy for passengers, Mr. Justice Venkataraman directed the DGCA to verify whether the petitioner had renewed the policy.

The inspection report should also contain the same. The airways company should maintain turn-around time as per civil aviation requirements.

Earlier, the airways had filed a writ petition challenging a show-cause notice of December 2009 issued by the Director of Airworthiness, Office of DGCA, New Delhi and praying to restrain the authorities from deregistering/grounding the aircraft and cancelling, revoking or suspending any licence required to be held by the airways for carrying on business activities.

The court had granted an interim order, which was extended periodically. The DGCA filed an application to vacate the interim order. The leasing company also filed a similar petition.

The matter was argued and orders reserved.

However, at the end of the arguments, Additional Solicitor-General, M. Ravindran, submitted that in view of the pendency of the matter, the petitioners were unable to inspect the aircraft, which would have serious implications.

Pending decision on the main petition, the authorities could be permitted to inspect the aircraft to find out the safety aspects.

Counsel for the airways company expressed no objection.

In view of this, Mr. Justice Venkataraman said the DGCA authorities were being permitted to inspect the aircraft in question.