High Court raises hands on RTC strike and directs case to Labour Department

Reiterating that the High Court can't decide whether the strike is illegal or not, the bench observed that the Labour Court has power to do so.
Written By Siddhu Manchikanti | Updated: November 19, 2019 12:23 IST
High Court raises hands on RTC strike and directs case to Labour Department

After nearly a month of hearing, the Telangana High Court has given up itself on the Telangana RTC strike. On Monday the case arrived for hearing yet again and advocate general (AG) on behalf of the Telangana government claimed that the TSRTC strike is illegal.
 
A division bench headed by Chief Justice R S Chauhan asked the Labour Commissioner to decide whether to move the Labour court or not.
 
Reiterating that the High Court can't decide whether the strike is illegal or not, the bench observed that the Labour Court has the power to do so.
 
“This court cannot monitor this complicated dispute. Since the Supreme Court has held that the high court cannot declare the strike either legal or illegal, the labour court is the appropriate forum to decide on it," the bench noted.
 
This is kind of moral victory for TRS sarkar and with this Telangana CM KCR will have all the power to invite private travel operators. KCR is waiting for the Court's comments on the privatization of 5100 routes and with fresh statements, in a day or two, the formal announcement might come.

The indefinite strike by over 48,000 employees of RTC entered the 46th day on Tuesday. Though the JAC last week announced temporarily dropping the main demand of the TSRTC's merger with the government, the latter gave no indication of any imminent talks to break the impasse.




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