Delhi HC reinstates Air India pilots terminated from service last year

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on June 01, 2021

Directs they be paid full back wages and allowances on a par with those in service

Delhi High Court on Tuesday quashed Air India’s order terminating the services of pilots, permanent as well as on contract, and ordered their reinstatement with back wages.

The direction was issued by Justice Jyoti Singh who said that the back wages, including allowances, have to be paid at par with what in-service pilots were receiving and in accordance with the government rules.

The court also said that extension for the contractual pilots would be at the discretion of Air India in view of their satisfactory performance.

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The order was passed in over 40 petitions by pilots whose services were terminated by Air India on August 13 last year.

Some of pilots had initially tendered their resignations over delay by Air India in disbursing pay and allowances. They had also contended that neither were their notice periods reduced nor any no-objection certificate issued to them after receipt of resignation.

‘Withdrew resignations’

They had further contended that the resignations were subsequently withdrawn, but the withdrawal was not accepted by Air India.

The terminated pilots, a large chunk of whom were represented by advocates Ravi Raghunath and Nilansh Gaur, had initially moved the court in July last year seeking directions to Air India to accept the withdrawal of the resignations tendered by them.

Termination letters

However, Air India issued termination letters to several pilots including those who had wanted to withdraw their resignations.

Subsequently, the pilots moved the high court against the decision of Air India.

Published on June 01, 2021

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