SpiceJet to demand refund of Rs 450 crore from Kalanithi Maran & his firm, KAL Airways

SpiceJet will seek a refund of Rs 450 crore out of the Rs 730 crore it has previously paid to former promoter Kalanithi Maran and his firm, KAL Airways, following the Delhi High Court’s order on May 17.

On May 17, the Division Bench of the Delhi High Court ruled in favour of SpiceJet and its promoter, Ajay Singh, in the long-standing share transfer case against Kalanithi Maran and his firm, KAL Airways. This ruling overturns a previous decision by a single-judge bench, positioning SpiceJet to claim a substantial refund based on legal advice.

SpiceJet has paid a total of Rs 730 crore, comprising Rs 580 crore in principal along with an additional Rs 150 crore towards interest to Maran and KAL Airways. With the setting aside of the impugned order, SpiceJet is set to receive a refund of Rs 450 crore.


The appeal brought forth by SpiceJet and Ajay Singh challenged several critical issues related to the award of refund and the justification of interest in the case. The Division Bench found substantial merit in these challenges, noting that they were not adequately addressed in the previous order dated July 31, 2023.

In its ruling, the Division Bench held that the Single Judge had erred in dismissing the Section 34 petitions of Ajay Singh and SpiceJet without due consideration of the claims of patent illegality and the order of refund passed against SpiceJet despite admitted breaches on the part of KAL Airways and Kalanithi Maran.

Despite SpiceJet not being in any breach of the Share Purchase Agreement, the Court has also noted that interest amounting to penal interest had been charged. These facts not being considered by the single judge, the appeals of Ajay Singh and SpiceJet have been allowed, and the impugned judgment dated July 31, 2023, has been set aside.