The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the Central government and the Air India management on a petition by striking pilots,who claimed that their salaries and other pecuniary benefits have not been paid for the period prior to their strike.
The court has sought replies within a week and posted the matter for further hearing on July 10.
The petition has been filed by Captain Sumeer Saini and other erstwhile Air India pilots,seeking payment of their back wages and other perquisites due to them.
Appearing for the pilots,senior advocate Pinki Anand said that the salaries of nearly 450 pilots were due for payment.
On the courts query as to how this petition could be entertained when the pilots were still on strike,the lawyer argued that the present plea had got nothing to do with the ongoing agitation since it pertained to a period when they reported for work.
Lalit Bhasin,counsel for the airline management,however opposed the plea of the pilots,contending the court should not entertain their plea until they end their strike.
Sixty-seven striking Air India pilots and their representative body,Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) are already been slapped with contempt of court charges after another Bench of the Delhi High Court had issued notices for disobeying its order that restrained them from continuing with their agitation.
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