HC upholds sacking of DTC driver
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 19, 2012, 16:07
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has upheld the dismissal of a Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) driver for his "inhumane and atrocious" conduct of not allowing an old woman to board the bus and abusing her daughter in public.

Justice Kailash Gambhir upheld the sacking of driver Inder Sain by DTC disciplinary authority. "This riotous, inhumane and atrocious conduct of the petitioner (Sain) certainly does not in any manner sway this court to reduce his punishment from the removal of service to some other lesser punishment," said Justice Gambhir, upholding Sain's ouster on a complaint by the elderly woman's daughter.

"As a civilised society, we cannot tolerate such people who do not have even the basic decency and regard for the elderly people and when they are advised to discipline themselves they rebound with more savagery and barbarism," the court said.

Sain had approached the high court against a labour court order which had in December 2005 refused to interfere with the disciplinary authority order, directing his removal from the service.

The incident dated back to 1991 when the old woman and her daughter were waiting at Ashram bus stop here and tried to board the bus, driven by Sain, from its front door. Sain, however, did not allow them to board the bus and asked them to go to the rear door to board the bus.

As the two walked to the rear door, Sain started the bus with woman's daughter somehow managing to board it. The driver, however, refused to stop the bus for her mother to board it, despite repeated requests by her.


First Published: Thursday, January 19, 2012, 16:07

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