Court orders Indian Airlines to take back sacked air hostess

A division bench comprising Justice Pratap Kumar Ray and Justice M K Sinha directed the airlines to set up a medical board to ascertain her medical condition and give her ground duties accordingly within two months.

The bench also directed the national carrier to pay all her dues since 2001 within three months.

The 44-year-old Nipa Dhar was dismissed from her job by the Indian Airlines in 2001 for being overweight, without referring her for medical treatment or giving her alternative work like ground duty.

Her counsel Madhumita Roy submitted before the bench that Dhar had become overweight after taking medicines prescribed by an airline doctor for altitude phobia.

A single judge bench had earlier rejected her plea and upheld her dismissal.

Challenging the order, Dhar had moved the division bench which today upheld her plea.

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