The Delhi High Court on Monday posted for hearing the batch of petitions filed by the professors teaching at Delhi University seeking the court’s direction to the government to release their salaries pending for the last four months.
The petitions were listed before a single-judge bench of Justice Jyoti Singh. When the matter was taken up, advocate Ashok Aggarwal, appearing for the petitioner informed the court that the said matters are Public Interest Litigations (PILs).
After hearing the submissions, the bench noted that the matters shall be heard by a division bench of the high court. “Let the matter be listed before an appropriate bench, subject to the order of the Chief Justice, on September 24,” the judge said
The eight teachers, who have filed the plea through advocate Kumar Utkarsh, said they are members of Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA), which on behalf of the aggrieved staff, has been writing to the Delhi government for release of funds to enable the 12 DU colleges, funded by the government, to pay due salaries to 1,500 teachers and non-teaching staff working there.
The petitions sought directions against DU, colleges and the Delhi government for payment of due salaries.
“…the impugned inactions are bad in law as much as same are unjust, arbitrary, discriminatory and hit by Article 14 of Constitution of India,” the plea said.
The plea also stated that the impugned actions are bad in law as much as same is violative of right to life as well as right to livelihood as guaranteed under Article 21 of Constitution of India.