The Supreme Court on Wednesday fixed September 21 for hearing the issue of implementation of the recommendations of Majithia Wage Board for journalists and non-journalists.

The court on Monday had decided to hear the matter from Wednesday but it did not find mention in the list of business which was to be taken by a bench comprising justices Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma.

The non-listing of the matter was brought to the notice of the bench by senior advocate Colin Gonsalves in the presence of all the contesting parties, who were ready to argue the case.

Mr. Gonsalves, appearing for five federations representing journalists and non-journalists, mentioned the matter and sought early hearing which was agreed to by the bench and others involved in the case.

Senior advocates Fali Nariman and K K Venugopal, who are appearing for some media groups opposing the issuance of notification for implementing the recommendations were present before the bench.

The bench on Monday had said that after hearing the contesting parties it will take “some decision” on the matter.

Additional Solicitor General Parag Tripathi, had then submitted that the Centre was unable to take a decision on the issue of issuing notification for the implementation of the award of the wage board as the matter has been pending in the apex court.

He had told the bench that the wage board issue was on the agenda of the Cabinet meeting but had to be deferred since the matter is pending before it.

The apex court on July 18 had asked the Government to refrain from taking any decision on the implementation of the recommendations of the wage board for two weeks.

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