‘Give 17 yrs salary to sacked staffer’
The Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) to give the salary of 17 years with revisions to a bus conductor. Earlier, the conductor had been removed from service at the instance of an apparently disgruntled co-worker, on the grounds that the institution from which he had obtained his matriculation was not one whose certificates were recognised for employment with the Centre.
While passing the order, Justice C Hari Shankar observed, “Removal of a low paid employee, such as a conductor, from service, has farreaching consequences. It amounts to a civil death. It eviscerates not only the livelihood of the employee concerned but has the perilous potentiality of wiping out his entire family, and all others dependent on him for substance.”
Chander Singh was a retainer crew conductor employed with the DTC on February 11, 1981. Upon the completion of probation, his services were confirmed on August 10, 1982. However, years later, one Ram Singh, another employee, informed the DTC that Chander was not a matriculate even though he had given documents pertaining to his qualification.
Following an inquiry conducted against him, Chander was removed from service. This removal was challenged by the conductor in a labour court which termed the order of removal as “illegal” and “unjustified.”
The Tribunal directed the re-reinstatement of the conductor with continuity of service and full back wages, noting that he had been unemployed since the date of termination.
This order was challenged by the DTC in the High Court stating that the conductor was guilty of cheating, fraud and misconduct.
The court mentioned that the conductor had not contested the proceedings and there was no clue as to whether he was dead or alive.