Sunday, June 25, 2017

Longer notice period for pilots: HC refuses to interfere

The Bombay High Court has refused to grant any relief to the pilots' unions, who had challenged a Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) proposal to extend the notice period for quitting service from the current six months to a year.

A division bench of Justices S M Kemkar and M S Sonak noted the DGCA's statement that the proposal was at a nascent stage and therefore, the petitions were premature.

The proposed amendment would be finalised only after considering the objections and suggestions of the parties concerned, the aviation regulator told the court following which, the court on June 20 dismissed the petitions filed by the Indian Pilots' Guild and the National Aviators' Guild.

"Since the amendment is only at the stage of consideration of objections and suggestions, which may or may not be approved...no interference is called for at this stage," the court said.

The pilots' associations could file a fresh petition if the amendment came into effect, the judges added.
25/06/17 PTI/DNA

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