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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Court orders Air India to reinstate air hostess



Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has dismissed an appeal filed by national carrier Air India and directed it to reinstate air hostess Shashikala Jatav, who was dismissed 20 years ago.

A division bench of Justice P.B. Majmudar and Justice Anoop Mohta on Thursday dismissed an appeal filed by Air India and directed the airline to reinstate Jatav in eight weeks or she will be entitled to all the back wages. The judgment was made available on Saturday.

Air India officials, however, remained tight-lipped on the matter. 'It is premature to comment on the matter. The management will take a decision after consulting with the officials concerned,' an airline spokesperson said.

In August 2003, a single bench of the high court had also ruled against Air India. An industrial tribunal had also directed Air India to reinstate her in August 2003 without back wages. The high court has now directed the airline to implement the tribunal's order.

Jatav had started working with the airline in February 1983. In 1988, she had applied for paid leave from June 1, 1988, to July 1, 1988, which she extended till October 1990. Jatav delivered two children during the period.

However, proceedings were instituted against her in 1990 for extending her leave again and again and she was dismissed from service in December 1992, on the grounds that she had remained absent without leave for over 10 days.