Recovery of the expenses incurred because of the funding of the training programme would be possible if the employer had made exclusive contract to this effect. Secondly, if this contract had have been made before commencement of the training programme, it would lend more credibility to the contract.
Therefore, the question arises is what kind of documentation you have to prove that you, as a employer, are eligible to initiate recovery process. If not the contract as stated above, have you inserted clause to this effect in the appointment letter? If yes, then please provide the verbatim of the appointment letter.
It is not mentioned anywhere in the appointment letter provided by the company to that employee that he would be liable to pay for the training's that he had taken while working in the company. Further the employee never asked or forced the management of the company to provide him with the training, In this condition, is he liable to pay the charges of the training at the time of relieving?