Greed for Rs.1.50 cost a man his job and the Delhi High Court has upheld his dismissal from service.
Dalbir Singh, a conductor in the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), was dismissed as the checking staff found March 24, 1989, that three passengers were issued tickets of Re.1 denomination each instead of Rs.1.50, though they had paid full fare of Rs.4.50 for the tickets.
Justice Rajiv Sahi Endlaw last week dismissed Singh's petition, saying: "The question is not of the quantum of money. The question is of the integrity of the petitioner workman."
Singh was dismissed from service after it was found that he was not doing his duty properly.
The DTC also found Singh shortchanged it by Rs.18.25. It alleged that he did not issue tickets to the passengers by moving in the bus.
Singh approached the court, challenging his dismissal, But the court said: "There was definitely an illegality on the part of the petitioner workman. The ticket money was to be with the petitioner workman in trust and which trust the petitioner workman breached by misappropriating the money."
In 2001, even the Industrial tribunal upheld his dismissal.