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Going in circles in pursuit of justice

Bageshree S.



Dasappa Shetty

Bangalore: Dasappa Shetty (62) never thought that an allegation of misbehaviour in the presence of his superiors would set him on an endless legal battle he can ill afford. This retired Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) conductor has fought a case against his dismissal order for 13 years and continues to do so, with no end in sight. The litigation has, literally, been taking him circles, from one court of law to another.

The nightmare began for Dasappa Shetty in 1989, when he was charged with creating a “bad scene” in the depot by the manager at Chikmagalur. The alleged scene happened when he had gone in a delegation to meet the manager as a member of the KSRTC Staff and Workers' Union. An inquiry was ordered and the report submitted after seven years in 1996. Mr. Shetty's dismissal was ordered in September 1997, which he challenged in the Labour Court in Chikmagalur. The court in 1998 held that the dismissal was proper. It passed an award in September 2000 rejecting his claims of relief. Mr. Shetty then filed a writ petition against this in the Karnataka High Court in 2001. The single-judge bench quashed the order of the Labour Court in 2006 and ordered his reinstatement with 50 per cent back wages. The management went on a writ appeal, which was dismissed by a division bench in 2007.

Then, the management filed a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court in 2007. The Supreme Court in 2008 set aside the High Court order and remanded it back to them for a fresh decision.

The High Court, as it had done on an earlier occasion, set aside the order of the Labour Court in September 2009. Matters did not end there, because the High Court remanded the case back to the Labour Court for a fresh disposal. This in effect meant that the case had come full circle a decade later to where it began at the Labour Court in Chikmagalur. In January 2010, the Labour Court passed an order setting aside Mr. Shetty's dismissal and ordered that 50 p.c. of back wages be given to him from 1997.

Yet another cycle of litigation has begun, with the management filing a writ petition in May 2010 in the High Court against the Labour Court's decision. The case is pending hearing. Mr. Shetty, who joined the KSRTC in 1973, retired in October 2006.

“This is an instance of how a management ‘persecutes' an ordinary worker by dragging him through endless litigation,” alleged H.V. Ananthasubba Rao, General Secretary of All India Trade Union Congress, Karnataka.

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