Published On: Tue, May 5th, 2020

Kerala High Court refuses to stay salary cut ordinance

Kochi: Kerala High Court on Tuesday refused to stay the ordinance on salary cut of government employees for six months in view of the coronavirus crisis brought by the state government.

The Kerala High Court on Tuesday refused to grant interim relief of stay on stay salary cut ordinance.

The Ordinance was promulgated by the Kerala Government last week, on April 30 to defer payment of up to 25% of monthly salary of its employees during coronavirus crisis.

A single Judge bench of Justice Bechu Kurian Thomas was hearing a batch of petitions challenging the Ordinance for it being violative of the Indian Constitution, and seeking interim relief of stay.

The plea also said that the ordinance was framed in a hurry without complying with the High Court order, which had cancelled the government’s order to defer the salary.

The ordinance was brought after Kerala High Court stayed for two months, an order of the state government which deferred six days’ salary of all state government employees for a period of six months in view of the financial burden caused by the coronavirus crisis.

TST

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