The Delhi high court on Thursday came down heavily on striking Air India pilots, for defying its order to resume work, as the national carrier management moved the court seeking contempt proceedings against the pilots.
Justice Gita Mittal castigated the pilots during a brief hearing of a contempt plea by the national carrier's management.
"What is your defence with regard to non-compliance of yesterday's order to call off the strike?," justice Mittal asked Indian Commercial Pilots' Association counsel Sanjay Ghosh.
As Ghosh sought to explain to the court that some of the agitating pilots had gone to meet the AI management, but none of them was heard by the management, justice Mittal remarked, "You have breached the court's order. It is very serious."