A court in New Delhi has issued notice to the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran (EIRI) for not complying with an earlier order asking it to compensate its employee for dismissing him "abruptly" without a prior notice.
Issuing the notice, Additional District Judge B S Chumbak directed the EIRI through its ambassador to appear before it in person or through his counsel for January 22.
A court had on November 27, 2006, ordered EIRI to pay a compensation of Rs 7,89,600 to one Ashraf Hasnain Rizvi, whose services were terminated in 2002 without any prior notice.
"Despite the court's order, till date the EIRI had not paid a single penny to me," Rizvi told to PTI.
"The services of Rizvi cannot be terminated by the EIRI abruptly without due process of law as enshrined in the constitution of India as the former has got right to life," a court had said in its earlier order.
Rizvi had alleged he was employed on permanent basis with the Science and Education section of the EIRI since October 1, 1989, and was dismissed abruptly on March 2002, without any notice.
Challenging the dismissal, Rizvi moved the court on April 2, 2004, seeking a compensation while alleging that his termination was "patently illegal" and had caused "life long stigma" on him besides agony, mental pain and a bad name in the society and profession.
However, EIRI in its defence denied that Rizvi was employed on permanent basis. His claim was based on surmises and conjectures which were false and frivolous just to extort money, it added.