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Mumbai: Will reinstate unvaccinated staffer and review policy for others, Symbiosis University tells Bombay HC

Employee, who did not get vaccinated due to health issues, had moved court after he was asked to go on unpaid leave

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: May 14, 2022 3:08:31 am
Symbiosis Law School, K Luthra Memorial Moot Court, Delhi news, Delhi city news, New Delhi, India news, Indian Express News Service, Express News Service, Express News, Indian Express India NewsA division bench of Justice Anil K Menon and Justice Nitin R Borkar accepted the Society’s statement and also passed an order pertaining to said employee's compensation from January till date and disposed of the plea. (Facebook)

The Symbiosis Society, Pune assured the Bombay High Court on Friday that it will reinstate one of its unvaccinated employees who was asked to go on unpaid leave till he produced a vaccine certificate. The Society said it will reimburse the employee’s dues as well as review its Covid-19 vaccination mandate for employees.

A division bench of Justice Anil K Menon and Justice Nitin R Borkar accepted the Society’s statement and also passed an order pertaining to said employee’s compensation from January till date and disposed of the plea.

Subrata Mazumdar, an employee at Symbiosis Centre for International Education (SCIE), had moved the High Court challenging a communication issued by the university this year asking employees, who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19, to go on unpaid leave till they produce vaccine certificates.

Mazumdar, who had joined the institution in 2005 and now works as a supervisor, said vaccination cannot be made mandatory and the institution’s action must be declared illegal.

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As per his plea filed through advocates Animesh Jadhav, Vasant Kumar Takke and S N More, Mazumdar said that he, along with other employees, had received an email from the director of Symbiosis Society, Symbiosis International (Deemed University) in Pune, seeking their compliance with Covid-19 vaccination norms. But he had responded expressing his inability to get vaccinated due to personal health conditions.

On January 20, another email was received from the human resources department of the university, asking unvaccinated employees to go on unpaid leave with immediate effect till they provide documentary evidence of vaccination. This prompted Mazumdar to approach the High Court with a plea against the university director and dean of administration and academics.

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