SC orders KSRTC to reinstate staff terminated over long leave
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has issued an order upholding the Kerala High Court order which directed KSRTC to reinstate the staff who were dismissed over long leave. A bench of the apex court chaired by M Shantanagoudar rejected the appeal moved by the KSRTC against the HC order.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court asserted that legal questions related to the matter will exist.
KSRTC had been granting long leave for 5 years to the staff for visiting foreign countries and other personal purposes. A total of 136 employees had taken long leave under this provision.
Meanwhile, KSRTC served notice to these staff to rejoin duty immediately.
But only a few employees obeyed the order by rejoining the service. Hence, KSRTC terminated all others who failed to rejoin duty.
As the incident sparked a row, the High Court observed that the employees did not take long leave illegally and directed the KSRTC to reinstate them.
Questioning this order of HC issued on December 18, KSRTC moved an appeal in the Supreme Court.
In the appeal, KSRTC pointed out about the financial crisis which became a major issue after the lockdown.
It is reported that KSRTC has to settle the liabilities of Rs 4315 cr including bank loan of Rs 3100 cr.