“Put your house in order”; Twenty-one adjournments by Air India leaves Supreme Court fuming

The Supreme Court of India took strong objection to Air India delaying the hearing in the case regarding pay and other service conditions of pilots and cabin crew.

A Bench comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton Nariman said that the case cannot continue indefinitely and asked Air India lawyers to “put their house in order”.

The remarks came after lawyers appearing for the employees stated that Air India has taken 21 adjournments in the matter mostly citing Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi’s absence.

“Air India should not do this. They have taken twenty-one adjournments. They have taken adjournments in Mr. Rohatgi’s name” the lawyer said.

Justice Nariman then proceeded to remark that this cannot continue indefinitely.

“You say you don’t want to delay the matter but you are, in fact, delaying it.”

When counsel for Air India sought to convince the bench about the unavailability of the Attorney General, Justice Nariman made it clear that the court should not be made to wait for the same.

“You put your house in order. If learned AG cannot appear, put your house in order”, he said making it clear that court cannot wait indefinitely.

The matter is now listed for hearing on September 15.