Supreme Court admits Indian journalists’ unions’ PIL challenging job losses

Supreme court gives media companies and government 2 weeks to reply on terminations & wage reductions

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Supreme Court of India, New Delhi. Photo The Hindu

On 27 April 2020, the Supreme Court of India has admitted the public interest litigation of three journalists unions against unilateral actions during the Covid-19 lockdown. A Supreme Court Bench of Justices NVRamana, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and BR Gavai today (27 April 2020) admitted a Writ Petition by the three major Indian journalist’s unions urging the Apex Court to suspend with immediate effect all terminations, resignations, wage deductions and directions to go on leave without pay that have taken place in the media after the announcement of the nation-wide lockdown.

While admitting the Writ Petition, filed on 16 April 2020 by the National Alliance of Journalists, the Delhi Union of Journalists and the Brihanmumbai Union of Journalists, the court issued notice to the respondents, the Union Government, the Indian Newspaper Society, and the News Broadcasters Association, giving two weeks’ time to file a reply. Senior Counsel Colin Gonsalves appeared for the Petitioner Unions.

 

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