The Bombay High Court has directed the NEPC Airlines to deduct Rs 75,000 from the monthly salary of its director Raviprakash Khemka and deposit it with the court.
This is because dues of one of the airline’s employees, Captain S Gopalkrishnan, have not been paid. In May 1999, the Central Government Labour Court directed the company to pay Rs 6.56 lakh to Gopalkrishnan towards salary and other entitlements.
Accordingly Regional Labour Commissioner, Mumbai, had issued requisition certificate for recovery of the amount to Chennai, where the airline office was located.
In 2002, Gopalkrishnan moved HC after the company failed to pay his dues. The HC also issued directions to the Collector but the airline challenged the order in the Supreme Court. However, it withdrew the appeal after the SC asked them to deposit the amount.
After waiting for six more years, Gopalkrishnan again moved HC in 2008. Considering the fact that Khemka, who was party to the proceedings before the Central Labour Court, a division bench on January 13, directed the airline to deduct Rs 75,000 from the monthly salary of its director.