New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday
reserved its judgement on the constitutional validity of Air
India`s decision to sack overweight airhostess.
A bench of Justices Tarun Chatterjee and S S Nijjar,
which heard counsel for the sacked airhostess, said it would
pronounce its verdict on Monday.
The apex court had earlier refused to temporarily
restore the services of nine air hostesses dismissed by Indian
Airlines (IA), now merged with Air India, for being
The sacked airhostess had moved the apex court after
the Delhi High Court upheld the management`s decision to
provide them ground duties instead of air as they were found
to be overweight.
The aggrieved crew moved the apex court but during the
pendency, the airlines sacked nine of them, according to their
The HC had, on June 4, 2008, upheld the airlines’
right to take action against air hostesses who failed to
comply with the contractual obligation relating to the need
for keeping their weight under control.
The government had earlier justified the decision to sack
the overweight airhostesses on that ground that the public
sector airlines would otherwise be unable to face global
competition unless the air hostesses remained within the
parameters of their contractual obligations.