Minoo Driver Wins Case Against Air-India in UK Court

Air India has been ordered by a UK court to pay a whopping 252,000 pounds towards outstanding employment claim with accrued interest to one of its former London-based catering managers.

Source PTI | MoneyControl.com

The English Court of Appeal delivered its reserved judgment in an appeal concerning overtime and other employment claims of a former London-based catering manager of Air India, Minoo Driver, who worked in its Inflight Services Department at Heathrow airport.

Minoo Driver, a Parsee from Mumbai was in Air India’s employment since 1972 and his long standing relationship with the aviation company was soured when his contractual entitlements were denied to him and Driver had to approach the law courts to redress his damage.

The London law firm Zaiwalla & Co Solicitors, who handled Driver’s successful appeal before the Court of Appeal, said, "Air India has thrown away over 350,000 pounds over fighting a small petty claim for overtime of an ex-employee."

Besides that they have wasted enormous management time and costs on what has turned out to be a wasteful expenditure.

"The Court of Appeal criticism of Air India’s vigilance department  reflects very bad on Indian Public Sector undertaking."

Air India has been ordered to pay in the region of 252,000 pounds in respect of Driver’s outstanding employment claim with accrued interest as well as Driver’s legal costs in both the High Court and the Court of Appeal amounting to 100,000 pounds.

The Court also adversely commented on the conduct of Air India’s vigilance department against its former employee.

The court also asked Air India’s top management to agree with Driver and make the payment according to its judgment without any further delays and expressed its anguish that Driver’s case had "previously reached the highest levels int he Respondent’s organisation, albeit without effective action being taken thereafter.

  • Worriedindian

    Pound foolish and Penny wise! The airline must be ashamed of itself to infringe upon what is rightfully his. The airline was wrecked beyond recognition by a malevolent aviation minister and has not payed its employees. It is sinking in bankruptcy but has the money and time to fight a useless case such as this to inflict pain over an innocent man and to fly its netas and babus free.  God save our country from these corrupt thieves and robbers.

  • Worriedindian

    Pound foolish and Penny wise! The airline must be ashamed of itself to infringe upon what is rightfully his. The airline was wrecked beyond recognition by a malevolent aviation minister and has not payed its employees. It is sinking in bankruptcy but has the money and time to fight a useless case such as this to inflict pain over an innocent man and to fly its netas and babus free.  God save our country from these corrupt thieves and robbers.

  • xyz

    Excellent. Law is above everything. Truth always prevails.Honesty always pays in the long run. You must fight for right. Congratulations. 

  • xyz

    Excellent. Law is above everything. Truth always prevails.Honesty always pays in the long run. You must fight for right. Congratulations. 

  • Barak Aga

    Air India too is being run like the Bombay Parsi Punchayet.

  • Barak Aga

    Air India too is being run like the Bombay Parsi Punchayet.

  • Npesikaka

    Dear Mr. Minoo Driver,
    I Congratulate you on your victory. You are lucky that you had your legal case in UK. Had you been in India your children would be still fighting the case for you. Yes this is the Indian Legal system.
    An Indian citizen is not safe in India. He may meet an encounter death. But our International guest enjoy highest grade of protection in the jail at the cost of Indian Tax payers for what? BECAUSE THEY KILLED SO MANY INNOCENT INDIAN CITIZENS. Yes India is proud to be the largest democratic country.

    Sir,
    Does Air India have the finance to pay you or the amount will go into some Minister’s welfare fund in India?
    HARD WORK ALWAYS PAYS. MAY YOU BE INSPIRED TO WORK HARDER AND PUT IN YOUR BEST IN WHAT EVER YOU DO.
    Sir,
    You have set an example to the world that Parsi’s are a Micro Minority community but we can not be bulldozed or crushed. You are one to set an example to the Parsi community to wake up and fight four your right and don’t live in the past glory of what your great grand father, grand father have done in the British raj.

  • Npesikaka

    Dear Mr. Minoo Driver,
    I Congratulate you on your victory. You are lucky that you had your legal case in UK. Had you been in India your children would be still fighting the case for you. Yes this is the Indian Legal system.
    An Indian citizen is not safe in India. He may meet an encounter death. But our International guest enjoy highest grade of protection in the jail at the cost of Indian Tax payers for what? BECAUSE THEY KILLED SO MANY INNOCENT INDIAN CITIZENS. Yes India is proud to be the largest democratic country.

    Sir,
    Does Air India have the finance to pay you or the amount will go into some Minister’s welfare fund in India?
    HARD WORK ALWAYS PAYS. MAY YOU BE INSPIRED TO WORK HARDER AND PUT IN YOUR BEST IN WHAT EVER YOU DO.
    Sir,
    You have set an example to the world that Parsi’s are a Micro Minority community but we can not be bulldozed or crushed. You are one to set an example to the Parsi community to wake up and fight four your right and don’t live in the past glory of what your great grand father, grand father have done in the British raj.