High Court urges ST employees to return to duty by April 15.

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the striking Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) employees to return to duty by April 15 and directed the corporation to withdraw its decision to take disciplinary action against the disobedient employees.

Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice. Karnik's bench noted that the state government has accepted the report of the three-member committee, according to which the demand for merger of MSRTC with the state government has not been accepted. The government, however, will provide financial assistance to MSRTC for four years.

The government has taken a standard decision and if MSRTC employees are affected by this, they can challenge it in accordance with the law, the bench said. The MSRTC's petition seeking contempt of court action against employees who did not return to duty despite the High Court's order was being heard.

There is nothing left in the application now. Employees should now join on duty. We request MSRTC to give the employees time till April 15 to return to duty and if any action has been taken against the employee, the corporation should review it and bring the employee back to duty, the court said.

Employees who have been subjected to disciplinary action will be taken on duty, but some workers resorted to violence and damaged property. The court will be informed on Thursday whether the corporation is ready to withdraw the case against such employees, said Aspi Chinoy, a lawyer for the corporation.

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