New Delhi, It was difficult for a conductor working in Delhi Transport Department to take leave of 15 days. He and his family had to fight a legal battle against this for more than three decades. Now the Delhi High Court has ruled in his favour, but the conductor had died 16 years ago. The Transport Department will now pay his 31 years’ salary and other dues to the conductor’s family.
The bench of the then Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Sanjeev Narula has said in its decision that the conductor fought for his rights for a long time. He is no longer alive, but the documents prove that the complaining conductor was right in his place, he was wrongly dismissed from the job for taking only 15 days leave. The bench also justified the decision given by the labor court in 2003 in favor of the complainant. While disposing of this petition, the bench said that Delhi Transport Department (DTC) should pay the outstanding amount till now to the widow and children of the conductor.
In 1992, the conductor was fired from the job for taking 15 days leave without informing. The department alleged that he remained on leave without any notice from 31 March 1991 to 14 April 1991.
The conductor died in the year 2007. After this, the widow and children of the deceased took forward this legal battle. After 16 years, the decision has come in favor of the family of the deceased.
DTC did not accept the decision of labor court
The bench said, on May 31, 2003, the labor court had given a clean chit to the conductor and given instructions to rehire him, pay his past dues and give him all the allowances while continuing his employment. This order was challenged by DTC before the single bench of Delhi High Court. The single bench upheld the order of the labor court in 2007. Also ordered to rehire the conductor. Despite this, DTC challenged this order before the division bench of the High Court. Now the division bench has also accepted the conductor’s stand as correct.