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The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued a contempt notice to 67 striking Air India pilots and the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) for not complying with its order not to continue the “illegal strike”.

Justice Reva Khetrapal listed the matter for next hearing July 13.

Among the 68 respondents, notices were also issued to IPG president Jitender Ahwad, vice president Jamshed Menon, general secretary E. Kapadia.

Air India moved a contempt petition in the court against the striking pilots for disobeying its earlier order.

The court had May 9 restrained over 100 pilots, owing allegiance to IPG, an association of Air India pilots, from continuing the strike over the rescheduling of Boeing 787 Dreamliner training and matters relating to their career progression.

During the hearing, the court noted that the strike was causing a “huge loss to the exchequer”.

Expressing its displeasure for not complying with the court order to discontinue the strike, the court said: “I still feel that better sense will prevail on the pilots.”

“Nobody is concerned with the plight of the passengers,” the court added.

Meanwhile, advocate Lalit Bhasin, appearing for Air India, also told the court that IPG had released a statement Wednesday indicating it would continue the strike.

On May 17, a division bench of the Delhi High Court dismissed the IPG plea that challenged the court’s order restraining the pilots from going on an “illegal strike”.

Coming down heavily on the pilots, the division bench had said they could not “wilfully and flagrantly” disobey its orders to end their “illegal” strike and may face action for contempt of court.


One Response to “Contempt notice issued to Air India pilots”

  1. colonel Rajinder S Shekhawat

    Incentives and benefits for the past Military Service on joining Civil Department/
    Govt. PSU
    i) As per Govt of India letter as reproduced below certain benefits
    are sanctioned however the Govt. PSU
    is neither being denied nor is being sanctioned 560/43/TA-(a)/03/00/S(GS-1)
    Government of India,
    Ministry of Defense,
    New Delhi, the 7th Jan 1994

    The Chief Secretary to
    All State Governments/Union Territories .

    Subject: Concession & Incentives sanctioned by State
    Governments to Territorial Army personnel.


    This refers to Ministry of Defense letter No.47560/GS/TA/-3(a)/306-B/D(GS-VI) dated 19th February 1985 and letter of even number dated 8th September 1992 on the incentives by State Governments to Territorial Army personnel.

    2. Most State Governments have instituted some cash awards/grants for the winners of Territorial Army decorations/Medals. However, these awards were instituted a long time back and have been rendered insignificant by inflation. In many States, this reward is limited to Rs.2500/1500 only. It is requested that this may be revised to a minimum of Rs.5000/- for TA decorations and Rs.3000/- for TA medals. Some State Governments have already made the revision.

    3 Government of India had also recommended that the facilities listed below may be considered for Territorial Army personnel. These incentives were listed by a committee which was set up to go into the Territorial Army and are already being given by most State Governments :-

    (a ) Grant of 01 increment for every 03 years Territorial Army service, as is being given by the Government of Uttar Pradesh.

    (b) Counting of Territorial Army embodied service for purposes of seniority, promotion and other considerations to those entering civil services.

    (c) Exemption of Road tax on vehicles owned by Territorial Army personnel as is being given by west Bengal Government.

    Yours faithfully,
    (S.K. JAIN)
    Joint Secretary (G).

    ii) None of their letter express inability
    to honor this GOI letter as a result the issue is held without valued reason and the benefits has admissible are being illegally witheld.
    In view of the above facts kindly aprise
    if the case/suit can be filed for seeking benefits abide this Govt of India letter.


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