Air India reinstates nine pilots,to consider plea of remaining

The Air India management told the Delhi High Court that it has revoked the sacking of nine of the 101 pilots and would consider sympathetically the reinstatement pleas of other pilots in four to six weeks

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 24, 2012 1:37:22 am

The Air India management on Monday told the Delhi High Court that it has revoked the sacking of nine of the 101 pilots and would consider sympathetically the reinstatement pleas of other pilots in four to six weeks.

Taking note of Air India’s changed stance,Justice Reva Khetrapal allowed the airlines to withdraw its civil suit against the pilots. The AI management had earlier filed applications seeking contempt proceedings against the pilots for holding an illegal strike.

“The suit is allowed to be dismissed as withdrawn. All the interim applications are dismissed and interim orders stand vacated. Any observations,made during the hearing or in any of the orders,shall not be construed as observation on merits,” Justice Khetrapal said while considering the submissions made by Air India counsel Lalit Bhasin.

“Lalit Bhasin informs this court that a committee has been constituted to examine and consider the representations of the 97 terminated pilots. Pursuant to this the pilots have filed their representation with the committee which has been considered in its sittings on July 19 and 21 in Delhi and Mumbai respectively,” the court noted in its order. It also considered Air India’s submissions that the pilots had been given personal hearing

On July 18,the Air India management had toughened its stand and dropped its proposal to sympathetically consider the issue after the pilots had put fresh conditions.

The counsel for AI had strongly objected to the proposed amendments made by the pilots that either an independent panel,having a retired Supreme Court or the high court judge,be constituted or the carrier be not allowed to withdraw the case till the issue of sacking is resolved.

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