Bangalore: HC dismisses BMTC petition

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Bengaluru, Nov 7: The High Court has dismissed a petition by Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) challenging the labour court order to reinstate a conductor dismissed from service over an allegation of misuse of money.

A cost of Rs 5,000 has been levied against BMTC. Sampath Kumar, a conductor with Jayanagar 4th depot, was dismissed from service following a complaint of pilferage. However, when he approached the labour court, it directed the BMTC to reinstate him from the date of dismissal. But when BMTC reappointed him on probation, the petitioner moved the High Court and came with an order upholding the labour court order.

Howeverm the BMTC challenged the single bench order. The division bench headed by Justice V Gopal Gowda has dismissed the petition saying, "The action of BMTC speaks volumes about the arbitrary and unreasonable attitude by the corporation towards its employees." The Court has levied a cost of Rs 5,000 on BMTC for wasting the time of the court. The cost amount from BMTC will be paid to the respondent.

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