The Madras High Court on Monday rejected a plea by the Makkal Nala Paniyalargal (MNPs) seeking permission to file an application for a review of its order of April 26 this year relating to payment of five months’ salary as a one-time payment.
When a plea to review the judgmenet, delivered in the last week of April, came up for hearing before the bench comprising Justice Elipe Dharma Rao and Justice M Venugopal on Monday, the judges said: "We see no reason to grant leave to the petitioner (Tamil Nadu Makkal Nala Paniyalargal Munnetra Sangam) and accordingly it is dismissed."
Earlier, the State government had submitted that it was ready to pay five months salary to the workers. Counsel for the MNPs associations agreed for the same. Following this, a Division Bench comprising Justices Elipe Dharma Rao and M.Venugopal said that without going into the merits, it was treating the appeals as closed.
Appointed first in 1989 by the DMK government, the posts were disbanded whenever the AIADMK returned to power. On November 8, 2011, the persent government issued an order again disbanding the posts of the workers. The order was first stayed by a single judge on November 11, 2011. On January 23 this year, the same judge directed the government to reinstate the workers and pay them all consequential benefits. Challenging it, the government preferred an appeal before a division bench.