SC reserves verdict on sacked overweight airhostess of AI
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 02, 2009, 22:30
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 overweight.

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 counsel.

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.


First Published: Wednesday, December 02, 2009, 22:30

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