• Writ will not lie against foreign airlines: HC

    Travel agents cannot file writ petitions against airline companies, especially if they happen to be foreign airlines, seeking a direction to issue air tickets without demanding additional charges, the Madras High Court Bench here has held.

    Justice M. Venugopal passed the order while dismissing a writ petition filed by Ameer Travels of Tiruchi seeking a direction to Sri Lankan Airlines to confirm tickets for 249 Haj pilgrims from Tiruchi to Saudi Arabia between August 16 and September 5.

    The judge agreed with the airlines that the writ petition was not maintainable since a writ could be issued only against a State within the ambit of Article 12 of the Constitution and the airlines, incorporated under the laws of Sri Lanka, would not fall under the definition of State.

    The counsel for the airlines pointed out that 99.11 per cent of its shares were held by the Government of Sri Lanka and it was not a statutory body in India or an instrumentality of the government or an agency of the State to be compelled to perform a statutory duty. Vance McDonald Womens Jersey

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