Mumbai: With the Delhi High Court dismissing its plea, the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG), leading the Air India pilots' stir, on Thursday said it was taking legal opinion on the way ahead.

However, there was no word from them whether or by when they would withdraw their ten day old agitation that has seriously affected the long-haul international operations of the ailing Air India.

"We have not seen the judgment.. We are taking opinion of the legal experts," IPG leader Tauseef Muqaddam said when his reaction was sought on the matter.

"As far as I know, the court has asked us to take our petition to the single bench of the court, which we had filed before the vacation division bench," he added.

The division bench of the High Court said the IPG cannot "wilfully and flagrantly" disobey court orders to end their "illegal" strike and could face contempt action.

The IPG had moved the court challenging the ex-parte court order of May 9 declaring the strike illegal.

The airline management has sacked 71 pilots, including IPG office-bearers, after they started reporting sick and staging demonstrations to protest alleged discrimination in matters relating to their career progression, including training programme for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

(Agencies)

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