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CIVIL APPEAL NO. 6968 OF 2013
(Arising out of SLP (C) No. 22730 of 2013)
U.P. State Road Transport Corporation …..Appellant
C.P. Goswami …..Respondent
J U D G M E N T
1 ANIL R. DAVE, J.
1. Leave granted.
2. Being aggrieved by the judgment delivered in Writ-C No.375 of 2003
dated 7th November, 2012, by the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad,
this appeal has been filed by the employer – U.P. State Road Transport
4. The facts giving rise to the present litigation, in a nutshell, are
as under :
The respondent-workman was working as a driver of the appellant-
Corporation. On 17th January, 1996, the respondent had abused staff
members of the Corporation and created hindrance in the work of the
Corporation. It was also alleged that the respondent was under influence
of liquor at the time when he had misbehaved. In the aforestated
circumstances, the respondent was placed under suspension and after holding
a departmental enquiry, by an order dated 28th February, 1998, his service
had been terminated. Being aggrieved by the order terminating his service,
he had raised a dispute before the Industrial Tribunal and the Tribunal had
looked into the entire case under its Adjudication Case No.73 of 1999.
5. After considering the evidence adduced before the Tribunal, it had
come to the conclusion that the termination of the respondent was not legal
and therefore, by an award dated 30th June, 2001, the order terminating
service of the respondent dated 28th February, 1998, had been quashed and
it was directed that the respondent should be reinstated in service as a
driver with continuity of service and with arrears of salary for the period
during which the respondent-workman was not permitted to perform his
6. The aforestated award was challenged before the High Court by the
appellant-Corporation by filing Writ-C No.375 of 2003. The said writ
petition has been dismissed by the impugned judgment dated 7th November,
2012, and the said judgment has been challenged in the present appeal.
7. The learned counsel appearing for the appellant-Corporation had
mainly submitted that on account of misconduct of the respondent-workman,
his service had been terminated and therefore, the order terminating his
service ought not to have been interfered with by the Tribunal and the
workman ought not to have been reinstated in the service with back wages.
He had submitted that looking to the evidence adduced with regard to
misconduct of the respondent-workman, the Tribunal should not have quashed
and set aside the order terminating service of the respondent-workman. He
had further submitted that the respondent should not have been awarded back
wages especially when he had not worked for the said period on the
principle of ‘No work, No pay’.
8. On the other hand, the learned counsel for the respondent-workman had
supported the judgment of the High Court affirming the award.
9. Upon hearing the learned counsel and looking at the facts of the
case, we are of the view that the finding of facts arrived at by the
Tribunal should not be interfered with, especially when the High Court has
confirmed the same. However, we feel that the respondent should not have
been awarded full back wages.
10. Instead of awarding back wages, in view of the facts of the case, it
would be just and proper to award, in all a sum of Rs.5 lacs by way of
compensation to the respondent-workman. It had been submitted that the
appellant-Corporation had already paid more than Rs.3,60,000/- to the
respondent-workman and if it is so, the amount so paid shall be adjusted
while paying the compensation of Rs.5 lacs. Thus, we direct that by way of
compensation, in all Rs.5 lacs should be given to the respondent-workman in
lieu of back wages. The said amount shall be paid to the workman within
four weeks from today.
11. If the respondent-workman has not been reinstated till today, the
appellant-Corporation shall reinstate him within four weeks from today.
12. In the above circumstances, the impugned judgment delivered by the
High Court is modified to the above extent. The appeal is allowed to the
extent stated hereinabove. No order as to costs.
(ANIL R. DAVE)
August 21 , 2013