Delhi Metro To Run As Usual Today As HC Slams The Brakes On Proposed Strike
New Delhi June 30 In a big relief for Delhiites, the Delhi High Court has restrained DMRC staff from going on strike, saying their action does not appear justified or legal as around 25 lakh commuters would be affected every day.
The Delhi government had earlier threatened to impose the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) to ensure smooth functioning of the Metro and appealed to the employees not to resort to strike. The ESMA is imposed by authorities to ensure smooth functioning of the services when faced with a situation of strike.
But the DMRC had to approach the High Court on Friday evening after two rounds of talks with the representatives of DMRC Staff Council failed to break the deadlock over their disputes. The petition by the DMRC was mentioned at the residence of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal who assigned it for an urgent hearing before Justice Vipin Sanghi.
After the hearing which started around 5:30 pm, Justice Sanghi passed the ex-parte interim order holding that, prima facie, the action of the Metro staff does not seemed to be justified or legal.