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Air India gets directed by Delhi High Court to release the salary of the suspended after being tested positive for alleged alcohol consumption before and after flights on two occasions. The pilot’s salary was totally withdrawn since January 2017, and the court was of opinion that he must have something to sustain, so the salary must be released. The counsel of the pilot argued that though the flying license was sustained, he had not been terminated from his job. Thus, he is entitled to get the salary.
The flying license was sustained in August 2017, and he stopped receiving salary since January 2017. It was alleged by the pilot that beside non-payment of the flying allowance, the procedure for carrying out breathalyzer test was not proper. He claimed that between two tests, a controlled test has to be conducted, which was not done, rather it was carried out after the second BA test. The counsel also informed that the pilot was suspended for three months on charges of alcohol consumption, an FIR was lodged but the police filed a closure report discharging him from the charges.
The suspended employee at the period of suspension, are entitled to certain rights:
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