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J&K High Court Dismisses PIL Seeking Price Fixation of Air Tickets by Private Airlines [READ JUDGMENT]

Lawstreet Journal 8 Sep 2020 3:20am

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Recently, the Jammu & Kashmir High Court dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking "issuance of directions to the respondents to subsidize airfare, especially for the local tribal population and to contain the illegal fare practice of unreasonably raising the cost of the tickets. The petitioner also prayed for a direction to the respondents to bring uniformity in the price of the air tickets by the airlines."

The plea was filed by two residents of Jammu contending that the airlines were indulging in an unfair practice by compelling the passengers to pay exorbitantly increased air ticket fares for air services which are absolutely illogical, irrational, and illegal as a result of arbitrary exercise of authority. "The pricing of airline tickets by private airlines is arbitrary; that airlines use differentiated pricings whereby the price discrimination is effected, and air services are sold at varying prices simultaneously to different segments, to the prejudice of the consumers”, the petition reads. The petition also referred to the newspaper reports highlighting opinions of Parliamentary panels, the Corporate Affairs Ministry, and other persons.

A division bench comprising of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajesh Bindal observed that “it is trite that judicial review is not concerned with matters of economic policy or price fixation”. The bench further said, "It is not open to a writ court to supplant its views with those taken by the private bodies over which, as herein, the private airlines whose actions are being challenged."

While referring to a Supreme Court Judgment in the case of Union of… Continue Reading...

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