In a breather to SpiceJet, the Supreme Court on Friday stayed the Madras High Court order for three weeks, in which the HC had asked the airlines to wind up its operations after it failed to make a payment of $24 million to Credit Suisse.
However, the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana pulled up the airline saying, “If you don't want to run the airlines, we will declare you insolvent. This is not the way to run an airline.”
The court also asked SpiceJet to try settling with Credit Suisse.
Credit Suisse moved winding-up petition
Credit Suisse had moved the winding-up petition before a company court claiming that SpiceJet was indebted to it for more than $24 million for maintenance, repair, and overhauling (MRO) the Zurich-based MRO service provider SR Technics.
The MRO company had assigned Credit Suisse AG the right to receive payments on behalf of SR Technics and the company court had admitted the winding up of SpiceJet. After the company court admitted the winding up petition, SpiceJet appealed against it in the Madras High Court. The high court declined to entertain the appeal.
Airline 'working something out'
During the course of the hearing, Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing SpiceJet, apprised the top court that the airline is trying to work something out and as such urged the court to adjourn the hearing for a period of three weeks.
Earlier, SpiceJet had argued in the Madras High Court that SR Technics did not possess the approval from the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) from 2009 to 2015, but the court did not heed to the argument and said that the airline had availed of the services of SR Technics.
The airline company also argued that the Swiss company had made a "fraudulent misinterpretation" of having the DGCA approval and argued that this was against the Indian and other applicable laws and that this has led to the entire agreement being pointless or unnecessary.