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SC Dismisses Hindustan Times’ Special Leave Petitions, Orders Compensation, Reinstatement of 272 Employees

In 2004, 272 Hindustan Times Limited’s employees were laid-off after Hindustan Times Media Limited (HTML) took over.

The Supreme Court has dismissed media outlet Hindustan Times’ Special Leave Petition (SLP) on Wednesday, December 5, directing the company to either pay the dues of the 272 employees it had sacked or absorb them back into the organisation. HT had sacked these employees, nearly 15 years ago, in 2004.

Rejecting the SLP, the SC said in its order, “As this Court is examining the order passed in the writ petition, this special leave petition challenging the order passed by the LPA Bench holding the letters patent appeal not to be maintainable, is not required to be entertained. The special leave petition is, accordingly, dismissed.”

In 2004, there was a transfer of ownership of the printing arm Hindustan Times Limited (HTL) to the Hindustan Times Media Limited (HTML). The ouster of 272 HTL employees from the company in October 2004, led to a lengthy legal tussle. Reportedly, around 20 of these 272 laid-off employees have passed away.

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