Taj Mansingh hotel to be auctioned after SC rejects Tata group's petition

Taj Mansingh Hotel, New Delhi (Source: Wikipedia)

The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to E-auction Taj Mansingh hotel, thereby rejecting Tata's plea to stall the auction. Taj Mansingh hotel is presently run by Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL).

The apex court made it clear that if Tata group losses E-auction then within period of six months, Tata group will have to vacate the premises.

Earlier on March 3, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) told the apex court that it wanted to auction the five-star hotel located in the heart of the national capital.

Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), which runs the Taj Mansingh Hotel, on November 8, 2016, approached the apex court against the Delhi High Court order, which had paved the way for auctioning of the historic property.

The firm had challenged the October 27 verdict delivered by a division bench of the Delhi High Court, which had dismissed IHCL's petition challenging the move by the NDMC to auction the property.

Prior to this, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that an open auction of Taj Mansingh Hotel would be done. The announcement was made following a special meeting of the NDMC's top decision-making body.

The Delhi High Court had earlier dismissed the Tata Group's appeal for retaining management rights over the Taj Mansingh Hotel, and in all practicality, told the business conglomerate that it would have to participate in the auction process.

The High Court, however, gave a green signal to the NDMC to go ahead with the public auction of the hotel.

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