DMRC asks Supreme Court to urgently take up its curative petition in DAMEPL case

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Metro Rail Company (DMRC) on Friday requested the Supreme Courtroom to urgently take up its healing petition towards the highest court docket’s 2021 order that required it to pay Delhi Airport Metro Specific Non-public Restricted (DAMEPL), a subsidiary of Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Infrastructure Restricted an quantity to the tune of over 8,000 crore.

Supreme Court (HT File Photo)
Supreme Courtroom (HT File Photograph)

Legal professional normal R Venkatramani advised a bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud that the healing petition was pending since August final 12 months and requires to be heard urgently following a current Delhi excessive court docket verdict directing the Centre and Delhi authorities to increase a sovereign assure to DMRC to pay the excellent quantity to DAMEPL as a part of an arbitral award.

“The healing petition must be heard instantly in any other case by March 31, DMRC will come to a halt,” the Centre’s prime legislation officer mentioned, pointing that the excessive court docket has given two weeks for the Centre and Delhi authorities to behave upon DMRC’s request to clear its liabilities below the award.

The bench, additionally comprising justices PS Narasimha and JB Pardiwala, assured Venkatramani that the matter can be circulated among the many different judges forming a part of the bench.

The healing petition is taken up by a bench headed by CJI together with two senior most judges and the judges who authored the sooner determination, if current.

“The matter couldn’t be listed earlier as Justice Bhat was travelling. We are going to record it quickly by circulation,” the CJI mentioned.

DMRC, a 50:50 three way partnership between the Authorities of India (GOI) and the Delhi authorities, terminated its contract with DAMEPL to function the 22.7km Airport Metro Specific line in October 2012. An arbitral tribunal, in Could 2017, dominated in favour of DAMEPL, which pulled out of operating the Airport Specific metro line over issues of safety. The award was upheld by the excessive court docket’s single-judge bench in 2018 however a two-judge bench set it apart in 2019.

When the case got here to the highest court docket, the Supreme Courtroom upheld the preliminary verdict awarding damages to DAMEPL in September 2021. The DMRC filed a overview petition which was dismissed by a two-judge bench comprising Justice L Nageswara Rao (since retired) and justice S Ravindra Bhat in November 2021. The metro rail company has deposited an quantity of 1678.42 crore out of the whole legal responsibility of 8009.38 crore.

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