With the strike by Air India pilots entering the seventh day, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday rapped the airline management and the pilots’ association for their rigid attitude and appointed a counsel to assist it in resolving the stand off.
“It seems that you are also not interested in getting the strike called off,” a division bench headed by Justice B.D. Ahmed told Lalit Bhasin, the counsel for the Air India Limited.
“This court does not want to be assisted by a partisan person like you. We will appoint an amicus curaie to assist us on the legal issue,” the bench told Bhasin, disapproving of his arguments on behalf of the airline management.
Initiating the arguments, senior advocate K.T.S. Tulsi, who represented the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), said, “We have filed an appeal against the order of the single-judge initiating contempt proceedings against us.
“I urge this court to hear my appeal with the criminal contempt proceedings tomorrow,” Mr. Tulsi said.
The bench asked Mr. Tulsi if the striking pilots were ready to relent and budge from their stand to continue the strike.
The court, which appointed Siddharth Luthra as the amicus curiae, said, “The time is running against you (ICPA). You consult your client and report back to us at 2.15 p.m. today itself.”
Mr. Tulsi, however, sought to assure the court that strike can be called off within two hours provided the Air India management takes a sympathetic and conciliatory approach towards resolving the stalemate.