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Supreme Court Final Hearing on Majithia Wage Board for journalists and non-journalists

Supreme Court Final Hearing on Majithia Wage Board for journalists and non-journalists


Supreme Court Final Hearing on Majithia Wage Board for journalists and non-journalists
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Supreme Court Final Judgement on Majithia Wage Board for journalists and non-journalists as on 07th February, 2014

Supreme Court Final Judgement on Majithia Wage Board for journalists and non-journalists Details:

In a victory for working journalists and newspaper employees, Supreme Court on Friday upheld the validity of the Majithia wage board, saying that its recommendation are based on genuine consideration.

It also dismissed newspaper organisations’ challenge to the constitutional validity of the working journalists and newspaper employees act.

An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam also upheld the procedure adopted by the Majithia wage board, holding that the variations pointed out in procedure was not grave in nature.

The court also upheld the independence of the two members, holding that their mere association to the government did not attribute any bias or independence to them.

The court held that the wage board will be implemented from Nov 11, 2011 when it was notified by the government and the arrears from Nov 11, 2011 to March 2014 will be paid to the employees in four equal instalments spread over a period of one year and the revised pay scales under the recommendation of Majithia wage board comes into force from April 2014.
Source:The Hindu

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On 09th January 2014 Mr. Gopal Jain, Mr. Manoj Goel, Mr. Akil Sibal, learned counsel and Mr. Aman Lekhi, learned senior counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioners made their reply submissions upto 1.00 p.m. Thereafter, Mr. Mohan Parasaran, learned solicitor General, Mr. Colin Gonsalves, learned senior counsel, Mr. Thampan Thomas and Parmanand Pandey, learned counsel appearing on behalf of the respondents made their reply submissions till the Court rose for the day.

  • Hearing concluded.
  • Judgment reserved.

Written submissions, if any, may be filed within one week from today(09th January 2014).

On 08th January 2014 Mr. K.K. Venugopal, learned senior counsel appearing for the petitioners in W.P.(C)Nos.384 and 538 of 2011 resumed his reply submissions at 10.40 a.m. and concluded the same at 12.45 p.m. Thereafter, Mr. Anil B. Divan, learned senior counsel appearing for the petitioners in W.P.(C) No.315 of 2012, made  his  reply submissions and concluded the same when the Court rose for the day.

On 07th January 2014 Mr. Colin Gonsalves, learned senior counsel appearing on behalf of the respondents resumed his arguments at 10.50 a.m. and concluded at 12.50 p.m. Then, Mr. Parmanand Pandey and Mr. Thampan Thomas, learned counsel appearing on behalf of the respondents made their submissions. Thereafter, Mr. K.K. Venugopal, learned senior counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioners in W.P.(C)Nos. 384 and 538 of 2011 made his reply submissions till the Court rose for the day.

On 12th December 2013 Mr. Colin Gonsalves, learned senior counsel appearing for the respondents, resumed his arguments at 10.45 a.m. and was on his legs when the Court rose for the day.

On 10th December 2013 Mr. Mohan Parasaran, learned Solicitor General, started his arguments at 12.10 p.m. and concluded the same at 2.35 p.m. Thereafter, Mr. Colin Gonsalves, learned senior counsel appearing for the respondents in Writ Petition (C) No.246 of 2011, started his arguments and was on his legs when the Court rose for the day.

On 27th, 28th november 2013 Heard Mr. Aman Lekhi, learned senior counsel appearing for the petitioners in WP(C)NO. 386 of 2011, Mr. Manoj Goel, learned counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioners in W.P.(C) No. 546 of 2011, Mr. S.S. Ramdas, learned senior counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioners in W.P.(C)N0.408 of 2011 and Mr. Akhil Sibal, learned counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioners in W.P.(C)NO.384 of 2011.

On 12th, 13th november 2013 Mr. K.K. Venugopal,learned senior counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioners resumed his arguments at 10.45 a.m. in W.P.(C)No. 384 of 2011 and also made his submissions in W.P.(C)No.538 of 2011 upto 3.20 p.m. Thereafter, Mr. AmanLekhi,learned senior counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioner in W.P.(C)No.386 of 2011 started his arguments and was on his legs till 3.45 p.m.

On 24th October 2013  Mr. Anil B. Divan, learned senior counsel appearing for the petitioners in W.P.(C) No.315 of 2012, started his arguments at 10.30 a.m. and concluded the same at 3.25 p.m. Thereafter, Mr. K.K.Venugopal, learned senior counsel appearing for the petitioners in W.P.(C) No.384 of 2011, commenced his arguments and was on his legs when the Court rose for the day.

On 3rd October 2013 Mr. P.P. Rao, learned senior counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioners in W.P.(C)No.382 of  2011  resumed  his  arguments  at 10.40 a.m. and concluded at 2.45 p.m. Thereafter, Mr. Anil  B.  Divan,learned senior counsel appearing  on  behalf  of  the  petitioners  in W.P.(C)No. 315 of 2012 commenced his arguments and  was  on  his  legs till the Court rose for the day.

On 1st October 2013 Mr. Gopal Jain, learned counsel appearing on behalf of  the petitioners in W.P.(C)No.246 of 2011 commenced his arguments  at  10.45 a.m. and concluded at 3.00  p.m.  Thereafter,  Mr.  P.P.  Rao,  learned senior counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioners in W.P.(C)No. 382 of 2011 made his submissions till the Court rose for the day. The matters remained part-heard.

Counsel for the employees B.K. Pal and Parmanand Pandey drew the attention of the court to the fact that journalists were waiting for more than 12 years for this wage board, and pleaded that the hearing should be expedited.

To know the case status of Supreme Court Final Judgement on Majithia Wage Board for journalists and non-journalists:
1) go to http://courtnic.nic.in/courtnicsc.asp
2) click on case number link which is on top left of the website
3) in case type select writ petition (civil)
4) in case no: 246
5) year 2011
click on submit and find the status of Supreme Court Final Judgement on Majithia Wage Board for journalists and non-journalists.

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