The Delhi High Court has taken a decisive step in the ongoing legal battle between Kalanithi Maran and SpiceJet by summoning the SpiceJet’s chairman and managing director, Ajay Singh, to appear in person on August 24th for a hearing. This move follows a plea filed by Kalanithi Maran, the chairman of the Sun Group and former promoter of SpiceJet, seeking the attachment of 50% of the airline’s weekly cash revenue to settle a debt of ₹393 crore owed to him.
During the hearing, Maran’s counsel, Maninder Singh, strongly urged the court to take action against SpiceJet for its intentional non-compliance with previous court orders and its failure to provide the necessary documents. This plea reflects Maran’s determination to secure the resolution he believes is rightfully due.
On the other side, SpiceJet’s counsel, Sandeep Sethi, requested leniency from the court, citing the recent extension granted until September 5th for compliance with court orders. Sethi highlighted the potential negative impact of severe measures on SpiceJet’s already narrow profit margins and its workforce. Despite this appeal, the court decided to issue a notice to SpiceJet in response to the arguments presented.
The crux of the dispute traces back to 2015 when Maran transferred his shareholding in SpiceJet to SpiceJet’s chairman Ajay Singh as the airline faced financial challenges. However, Maran alleged that SpiceJet did not fulfill the agreed-upon issuance of convertible warrants and preference shares, nor did it return the money as expected. Subsequently, an arbitration panel ruled in favor of Maran, ordering a refund of ₹579 crore along with interest from SpiceJet.
This legal tussle highlights the complexities and implications of business agreements, financial settlements, and alleged non-compliance. The Delhi High Court’s actions signal the seriousness with which the case is being approached and the quest for a resolution that aligns with legal and contractual obligations. As the proceedings unfold, the outcome will significantly impact the dynamics between Kalanithi Maran, SpiceJet, and the broader aviation industry.