‘Give 17 yrs salary to sacked staffer’

DNA (Delhi) - - COMMUNITY - Richa Banka richa.banka@dnain­dia.net

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.

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