Can delinquent Workman go to labour court before any award given by management in expectation of unfavorable decision while domestic enquiry is proceeding, not completed. Is there any case or court decision similar to this situation ? I suggested them to conduct and complete domestic enquiry & award as per finding.
From India, undefined
Vice President (hr&ir)

Babu Alexander

There is no direct case law for the situation you pointed out. However the following citation can reply your question:-
. In Spadigam v. State of Kerala reported in [1970-I L.L.J. 718] Mathew, J. as he then was, has dealt with this question elaborately and has held as follows :-
"A Criminal Court acquitting an accused on the merits of a case would not bar disciplinary proceedings against him on the basis of the same facts."
The learned Judge expressing his inability to agree with the Division Bench of this Court, has observed as follows :- at para 7 of [1970-I L.L.J. 718] "I do not think that judgment of a Criminal Court acquitting an accused on the merits of a case would bar disciplinary proceedings against him on the basis of the same facts, or that the judgment would operate as conclusive evidence in the disciplinary proceedings. The reason for it is not far to seek. A Criminal Court requires a high standard of proof for convicting an accused. The case must be proved beyond reasonable doubt. The acquittal of an accused by a Criminal Court only means that the case has not been proved against him beyond reasonable doubt. Such a standard of proof is not required for finding a person guilty in a disciplinary proceeding. It would be enough if there is a preponderance of probability of his guilt."

From India, Madras

Dear Mr. Singh
The workman is free to knock any door for relief and cannot be checked.
The labour court will issue a letter to the employer for an appearance or to submit views over the matter on receipt of complaint from the workman.
The employer has to intimate the labour court that ‘domestic enquiry’ in the matter is on, as per procedure laid down.
In my view the labour court cannot overrule the “domestic enquiry proceeding’ rather advice the workmen to wait till award is passed.
At the present juncture the management has to expedite the proceeding to finish within the time frame. The absence/non-appearance by the workman in domestic enquiry would stand against the delinquent workman.
In case labour court passed any order over the matter can be challenged in the High court and the management would be in a stable postion because the order of labour court is out of law.

From India, Mumbai
kanpur feedback
After completion of enquiry, no decission is given and hence not suspended but neither management is taking back in employment nor paying any interim relief, how to overcome this situation. Still fighting as WORKMAN in the labour court for the last 4 years. Enquiry findings are:
1- Breach of the terms and conditions of employment as stipulated in the appointment letter for
absence from duty without prior permission/sanctioned leave/approval from your Reporting
2- Willful insubordination and disobedience of lawful orders of superiors.
3- Commission of act subversive of discipline or good behaviour.
As submitted by management dt. 19th May 2015. No communication further in this regard.
I seek valuable advise of the forum. C.B. case filed in the labour court dt. 29th Dec.'14 against alleged transfer from Kanpur to Chennai.

From India, Kanpur

Thanks for your valuable inputs.
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