Court restrains ex-staff of NDPL

NEW DELHI, MARCH 17. The Delhi High Court today restrained voluntarily-retired employees of the North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) - which distributes power in West Delhi, North Delhi and North-West Delhi -- from resorting to disruptive activities over payment of their retirement benefits.

Justice Vikramjit Sen issued the direction on a petition by the company after the petitioner company through its counsel, Harish Salve, promised to the Court that it would transfer the required funds to the DVB Employees' Benefit Fund to clear the dues of the workers. The company approached the High Court on an apprehension that the aggrieved employees might disrupt power supply and prevent NDPL employees from performing their duties.

The dispute between the employees and the employer arose last year when NDPL refused to pay the retirement benefits to the employees on the ground that the company was liable to pay the benefits only to those employees who would superannuate, not those who had opted for the voluntary retirement scheme.

However, while agreeing to transfer the required funds to the Fund, the petitioner company entered a caveat that it would not sacrifice its rights and contentions in the petition that it was the obligation of the Delhi Government and the Fund to pay off the retirement benefits of the employees.

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