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Delhi HC tells Kingfisher to pay pilot `52.61-lakh dues

Kingfisher Airlines Ltd has been directed by the Delhi High Court to pay Rs 52.61 lakh to a pilot towards her outstanding salary and other dues from August 2012 to April 2014.

Justice Jayant Nath directed the now defunct airline to pay the pilot Rs 52,61,450 with nine per cent interest from the date of filing till recovery of the amount as well as cost of litigation. The court passed the order as none appeared on behalf of the grounded carrier despite serving of summons of judgment.

It referred to a 2011 letter sent to the pilot by which her salary was revised to Rs 2.24 lakh per month, and said the communication was a written contract. It also observed that in the case of other pilots of the airline in similar situations, the high court had decreed the suits in their favour. “It is stated that the plaintiff (pilot) has not been paid a salary since August 2012 till April 31, 2014 amounting to a total of Rs 47,04,000 in addition including the provident fund and gratuity the total amount is Rs 52,61,450.”

“Defendant (Kingfisher Airline) has failed to enter appearance pursuant to service of summons of judgment. The suit is accordingly decreed for the said sum of Rs 52,61,450 with costs. Plaintiff shall also be entitled to pendent lite interest of nine per cent per annum from the date of filing of the suit till recovery,” the court said. 
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