Wednesday, July 27, 2022

SG Tushar Mehta’s statement would be replicated in Mumbai as well: Air India tells BHC on eviction notices

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has asked the employees of Air India to say by July 26 whether they want to pursue the petition in the High Court or take appropriate legal steps at a later stage. This is with regards to the eviction notices that have been served on the employees.

Air India informed the Bombay High Court on Monday that it will take steps in accordance with law under the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act against its employees to whom it has issued an eviction notice to vacate their official quarters at Kalina. At present, around 1,600 families reside in Air India staff quarters at Kalina and they have been served with the notices.

During the hearing on Monday, an advocate appearing for Air India submitted an order tf the Delhi High Court wherein a similar petition was filed by employees there challenging their eviction notices. In Delhi, Solicitor General (SG) of India Tushar Mehta had made a statement that they do not intend to initiate eviction proceedings except in accordance with law. He said that if the employees do not vacate the premises, then appropriate action will be taken under the Public Premises Act.

The Air India lawyer said that they would replicate the Solicitor General’s stand here in Mumbai too. At hearing this, Chief Justice Dipankar Datta said in view of that statement, there was no question of employees having to vacate their premises immediately. It was in this light that the bench asked the employees to take a decision on their legal course.

26/07/22 Vidya/India Today

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