The Air India management on Monday told the Delhi High Court that it has revoked the sacking of nine of the 101 pilots and would consider sympathetically the pleas by remaining others and decide them within four to six weeks.
Justice Reva Khetrapal, taking note of the changed stand of the national carrier, allowed the airlines to withdraw its civil suit against the pilots, seeking to restrain them from resorting to strike earlier.
The AI management had filed applications seeking contempt proceedings against the pilots after their strike was held to be prima facie illegal.
“The suit is allowed to be dismissed as withdrawn. All the interim applications are dismissed and interim orders stand vacated. Any observations, made during the hearing or in any of the orders, shall not be construed as observation on merits,” Justice Khetrapal said while considering the submissions made by Air India counsel Lalit Bhasin.
“Lalit Bhasin informs this court that a committee has been constituted to examine and consider the representations of the 97 terminated pilots. Pursuant to this the pilots have filed their representation with the committee which has been considered in its sittings on July 19 and 21 in Delhi and Mumbai respectively,” the court noted in its order.
It also considered the Air India’s submissions that the ousted pilots have been given personal hearing and the sacking orders against nine of them have already been withdrawn.
Mr. Bhasin, who had earlier withdrawn the proposal after the pilots insisted on inclusion of a retired judge into the committee, today assured the court the AI committee would sympathetically consider and decide the pilots’ representation.
Senior advocate C A Sundaram appearing for the pilots also did not oppose the Air India’s plea to withdraw its case against the pilots.
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