Supreme Court refuses to consider plea by private tour operators seeking inclusion in Hajj Group Organizers list

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The Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider a plea filed by the All India Tours Corporation seeking direction to the central government to consider listing private tour operators in the Hajj Group Organisers list for Hajj 2022.

The bench refused to consider the plea stating that for the year 2022, nothing can be done and said that the same will be considered next year.

A bench of Justice Abdul Nazeer and Justice PS Narasimha dismissed the petition as withdrawn by the petitioners. “The Hajj program has already been started, the plea should have at least been filed one month prior,” the bench opined.

The operators had been removed from the list in the year 2020 over a complaint filed by one Hajji. However, the operator had denied the allegations and requested the authority to quash the application

The plea had submitted that the removal of the name of the petitioners from the lists of the HGOs for Haj-2022 is arbitrary and in violation of the principle of natural justice despite complying with all the guidelines and procedures issued by the respondent.

Cause Title: Al Islam Tour Corporations Vs. Union of India