Hyderabad: The Telangana High Court was not inclined to go into the issue of the government ignoring the TSRTC trade unions. It also dismissed a PIL filed on seeking a direction to hold the government responsible for the death of employees that occur-red during the strike period.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Cha-uhan and Justice A. Abhishek Reddy dismissed with the PIL filed by retired Osmania University professor P.L. Vishveshwar Rao, saying that the prayer in the PIL had been answered as the government had taken the employees back.
The bench drew from the Ramayana and said Ravana’s brother Vibhishan was crowned king only after Lanka had been destroyed. The bench dismissed the PIL with citing the name of a Shakespearean play, “All’s Well That Ends Well”. Prof. Rao, submitting his arguments on his own, said that Chief Minister K. Chandra-sekhar Rao had called the workmen and held talks with them without the trade unions being a part of the talks.
He said the unions were part of the democratic set-up and were recognised and had come into existence in the 1920s. “The state is acting as per its convenience and all its decisions are not in consonance with the Constitution,” Prof. Rao said.
The bench said that the government had done many things for the workmen. If at all the trade unions had a grievance, they can approach the appropriate forum. The trade unions do not require the support of the common citizen in this issue, the bench said....