Bombay HC Upholds Principle Of “No Work No Pay”, Refuses Relief To State Government Employee 
By Team Legistify / 2017-03-08

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Bombay High Court refused to grant relief to a MSEDCL (Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd) employee who was charged with accepting a bribe of Rs.5000 in 2007.The concerned employee was a Junior Engineer with MSEDCL, he sought directions from the court to his employers to pay a sum of Rs.20 lakhs (approx.) towards his salary and other allowances from December 2008 to February 2012.

Although he was acquitted by the trial court as the prosecution failed to prove charges of bribery beyond “reasonable doubt”. The bench of Justices SC Dharmadhikari and BP Colabawalla upheld the principle of “No Work No Pay” and dismissed his petition in an order dated March 3, 2017.

Brief Facts

The petitioner was arrested on September 12, 2007 on charges of accepting a bribe from Sunil Atmaram Bothare. He was then suspended by MSEDCL on September 20, 2007. Following this a dismissal notice was sent to him in January 2008 asking why he should not be removed from service.

The petitioner then sought interim relief from the Labour Court which was rejected. Then he filed a revision application against the Labour Court order before the Industrial Court. This application was allowed and Labour Court’s order was set aside.

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