CHENNAI: A State Express Transport Corporation order discharging a driver for defective vision after he put in 21 years of service was set aside by the Madras High Court.
Allowing the plea of A. Lakshmikanthan, Justice N. Paul Vasanthakumar said the petitioner had admittedly sustained the disability during the course of his employment. Noting that whether or not transport corporations were bound to provide alternative employment to employees who sustained disability during the course of employment had already been decided by the Madras High Court, the judge directed the corporation to provide alternative employment to Mr. Lakshmikanthan with pay protection, continuity of service and back wages since May 6, 1999 when he was discharged.
The petitioner joined the corporation in December 1978. His plea for alternative employment after discharge was turned down by the management, so he approached the Labour Court in Salem. In April 2005, the Labour Court allowed his application and directed the management to give him alternative employment. In February 2006, the management appointed Mr. Lakshmikanthan a new entrant in service. The judge asked the corporation to calculate the monetary benefits from May 1999 and pay him after adjusting the salary, if any, paid subsequent to the discharge, within six weeks.
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