First call off strike, then solve your issues through talks, HC tells BEST
Mumbai: As BEST buses remained in neutral gear for the fourth day of the strike, the Bombay High Court on asked the employees union, headed by Shashank Rao, to consider resolving their issues amicably and through a discussion with the state government.
A division bench of Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice N M Jamdar, on Friday, told the union to approach the three-member state-appointed committee headed by Chief Secretary (CS) to discuss unresolved issues.
“Your issues have to be looked into seriously,” the bench said, “As you serve the people, and are, without doubt, one of the best public transport undertakings in India.”
The directive came after Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni informed the court that the state has formed a three-member committee comprising the CS, Transport Department and Urban Development department to address BEST’S demands in a time-bound manner.
Senior Advocate Anil Sakhare, appearing for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), told the court that the union should first call off the strike.