The Kerala government has approached the Supreme Court challenging a decision by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to hand over Thiruvananthapuram International Airport to Adani Enterprises Ltd which, in February 2019, won the bid to manage and operate the facility for 50 years.

The petition in the Supreme Court follows a December 2019 ruling by the Kerala high court which dismissed a plea by the Kerala government on grounds that the case involved a dispute between the Centre and the state which only the Supreme Court is empowered to hear under Article 131 of the Constitution.

According to Article 131, the Supreme Court has exclusive jurisdiction over disputes between the Central and state governments.

The petition before the top court, filed on February 3, is likely to be taken up for hearing next week.

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