The Delhi High Court today sought the response of C J International, which runs the Le Meridian hotel here, on a plea by the New Delhi Municipal Council to withdraw the assurance the NDMC had given earlier to not press the eviction proceedings against the firm.
However, despite several hearings the matter pertaining to the eviction was still pending and the firm, whose licence was terminated, continued to enjoy the property without paying licence fee arrears of over Rs 600 crore, Jain said.
The Council, in its application moved through central government standing counsel Akshay Makhija, said it wanted to withdraw the assurance and had also sought a direction to the firm to furnish a bank guarantee of Rs 600 crore towards the unpaid arrears of licence fees.
The Delhi government had cancelled Le Meridien's licence in March 2017.
The licence fee was sought under an order passed by the Council against the hotel in 2001 by invoking the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971. According to the hotel, it had paid all licence fees due under the order.
The Council had also ordered sealing of the corporate tower of the hotel and had also prohibited it from accepting any future bookings until it paid all licence fee dues.
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