Thursday, February 29, 2024

Delhi HC seeks Centre’s response on GPS device ban during flights

Date:

Share post:

spot_img

New Delhi, Nov 30: The Delhi High Court has issued a notice to the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation in response to a plea challenging the January 2023 order imposing a ban on carrying Global Positioning System (GPS) devices on commercial flights.

The petitioner, environmental scientist Rahul Banerjee, sought damages for the unlawful seizure of his GPS device at Indira Gandhi International Airport.

The court, presided over by Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Mini Pushkarna, granted the Ministry four weeks to respond and scheduled further hearing on April 2, 2024.

Banerjee, stressing the integral role of the hand-held GPS device in his work, argued that its confiscation was in violation of extant laws.

Banerjee’s counsel said that the seizure occurred on June 2, 2022, despite the absence of a prohibition on carrying GPS devices on commercial aircraft at that time.

The plea clarified that the ‘receive-only’ GPS device lacked transmission capabilities, distinguishing it from a satellite phone.

The petitioner’s counsel argued that the Civil Aviation Ministry’s addendum in January 2023, equating GPS devices with satellite phones, overlooked the fact that importing and carrying such devices had been permissible for at least a decade.

The court was informed that the authorities were willing to return Banerjee’s GPS device and consider his representation. However, Banerjee’s counsel urged thorough consideration of the matter and the withdrawal of the Aviation Ministry’s order.

IANS

 

 

spot_img

Related articles

Apple’s shift from EVs to AI draws diverse reactions among influencers

New Delhi, Feb 29:  A rise in discussions related to "Apple" among influencers on the "X" platform has...

Commerce Ministry makes auction route must for dust tea in India

Guwahati, Feb 29:  The Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry has made it mandatory for dust grades of...

Pakistan struggling to arrange $1.8 billion for repayment of Chinese loan

Karachi, Feb 29: Pakistan's foreign exchange market is tense on reports about the expected higher dollar outflows, local...

Shahjahan’s arrest opens the field for Oppn parties in Sandeshkhali

Kolkata, Feb 29: The ground realities seem to be changing at Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas district, where...