The Supreme Court on Monday denied a private company’s request for a stay on the decommissioned Indian Navy aircraft carrier ‘INS Viraat’ being dismantled and handed over to them for conversion into a maritime museum.
Rupali Sharma, the representative of the petitioner-company M/s Envitech Marine Consultants Private Limited, was informed by a bench led by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde.
The Petitioner was told by the CJI “In terms of the sense of nationalism, we agree with you, but you are already too late in this situation. The ship has been dismantled to the tune of 40%. We are unable to intervene at this time. A decision has already been made by the government “.
The court was debating a petition filed by M/s Envitech Marine Consultants Private Limited, which wanted to purchase the ship from its current owner.
Envitech Marine Consultants had previously filed a petition with the Bombay High Court. Last year, Justices Nitin Jamdar and Milind Jadhav of the Division Bench directed the Ministry of Defence to decide on the company’s request for NOC to acquire the ship.
The Ministry denied the request for a NOC last year. The INS Viraat, a 65-year-old aircraft carrier, was Inducted into the Indian Navy in 1987. It was acquired from UK(1987) and was dismantled in 2017.