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Maldives has every right to revoke airport from GMR: Singapore court

Thursday, 6 December 2012 - 1:25pm IST | Place: MaleSingapore | Agency: PTI
Maldives will go ahead with the transfer as scheduled, said Maldives President's Press Secretary Masood Imad.

In yet another setback to embattled Indian infrastructure major GMR, a Singapore court on Thursday ruled that the Maldives Government can take back the Male international airport from the private firm. "Singapore Court of Appeal has passed judgement that the Maldives government has the authority to take back the airport," Maldives president Mohamed Waheed's press secretary Masood Imad said in Male, while reiterating that "Maldives will go ahead with the transfer as scheduled".

Maldives had in a surprise move on November 27 terminated the over $500 million contract awarded to GMR during the previous regime of Mohamed Nasheed to upgrade its Male airport and to build a new terminal. The government had said it was terminating the contract because it was signed under "dubious conditions" and was void, a charge hotly contested by the infrastructure major.

Following the termination, GMR had approached the Singapore High Court which had stayed the scrapping of contract. However, the Maldives government remained defiant and asserted that it would take over the airport from GMR on Saturday, a day after the notice period ends.

After Thursday's ruling, Imad told PTI, "We are not doing anything against the law. We are just following the law. Now, even the Singapore court has given us the permission to go ahead".

As per the project contract, in case of any differences between parties, the law of either Singapore or UK would apply.

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