May 21, 2024
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Supreme Court Refers Gulf Airfare Issue to Kerala High Court

The Supreme Court has advised that the judges in the Kerala High Court are better suited to address the issue of exorbitant airfares to Gulf countries. This recommendation came during the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the Kerala Pravasi Association (KPA), with the bench, including Justice DY Chandrachud.

Initially, the plea was presented in the Delhi High Court, where it was suggested that the KPA be allowed to submit a comprehensive representation to the Director General of Civil Aviation. Subsequently, the matter was escalated to the Supreme Court. During the court proceedings, the argument centered on Rule-135 (1) of the Indian Aviation Act, which, as per the KPA, grants airlines excessive discretion in setting ticket prices.

This practice was perceived as unfair exploitation of Indian travelers and a breach of their right to travel. The PIL was initiated by KMNP Law and advocated by Kuriakose Varghese.

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