Wednesday, 23 May 2012 18:46
NEW DELHI: A judge threatened contempt of court proceedings against striking Air India pilots on Wednesday, as they vowed to stand firm in their clash with the debt-ridden airline's management.
Delhi High Court judge Reva Khetrapal ordered more than 400 pilots at the ailing state-run carrier to explain why they had not returned to work despite a judicial order two weeks ago.
About 100 pilots, who have been claiming sick leave rather than calling an official strike, have been sacked by Air India since the action began on May 8.
"The pilots are clearly disobeying the court order. They should have reported back to work but they decided to stay away. This is a clear case of contempt," said Lalit Bhasin, a lawyer representing the airline.
In its petition, Air India management urged the court to initiate contempt charges against the pilots.
The pilots went on strike over former Indian Airlines pilots, who moved to ...