New Delhi: In a jolt to the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), the Supreme Court has directed it to abolish its system of contractual labour and asked it to pay a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to each of its 136 trolley retrievers who were not reinstated after expiry of their contracts.

The decision was taken by a bench comprising Justice Dalveer Bhandari and Justice Deepak Verma while hearing the petition filed by DIAL, Airport Authority.

The bench stated the Central notification dated July 26, 2004 on terminating the contracts of trolley retrievers was binding on DIAL.

The contract labour in establishments of the AAI at IGI airport and domestic terminal was binding on DIAL as it took over the operations from AAI.

Since the Central government’s notification will be binding on DIAL, the bench noted that DIAL had to abolish the contract labour system and regulate the services of trolley retrievers.

The bench asked DIAL to pay Rs 5 lakh to each sacked trolley retriever within three months failing which it would be liable for 12 percent interest per month on the due amount.