SC asks Delhi HC to consider overweight airshostess plea
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 23:35
  
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has asked the Delhi High Court to consider the appeal filed by two airhostess of Indian Airlines who were sacked for being overweight.

A bench of Justices Tarun Chatterjee and Surinder Singh Nijjar also asked the High Court to examine the plea of the 11 overweight airhostess who resumed flight duties after trimming down for payment of salaries that were denied to them during the period they were grounded.

"It is not disputed that during the pendency of the proceedings in this court, 11 out of 13 appellants have reduced weight to satisfy the acceptable norms and are already back on duty. Therefore, in our opinion, nothing remains to be decided in these appeals at this stage," the bench said in a judgement.

Referring to the plea of counsel Arvind Sharma, the apex court said some of the airhostess who had been dismissed during the pendency of the appeal in the apex court can move the high court against their dismissal which shall be decided uninfluenced by any observation made by the high court in its earlier order.

The airhostess had challenged the decision of the Indian Airlines to remove them from flight duties and post them on ground duties as they were found to be overweight.

The Delhi High Court had upheld the decision of the airlines following which they had appealed in the apex court.

But during the pendency of the appeal in the apex court, the airlines reportedly sacked nine other airhostess who failed to reduce their weight while 11 out 13 others grounded managed to reduce their weight and resume flight duties. But only two of the sacked airhostess chose to file their appeal in the apex court.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 23:35


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