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Employers claiming incapacity in paying wages must place balance sheets in court: Centre to SC

In an affidavit filed in the apex court, the government has said the March 29 directive was a "temporary measure to mitigate the financial hardship" of employees and workers, specially contractual and casual, during the lockdown period and the directions have been revoked by the authority with effect from May 18.

June 04, 2020 / 02:10 PM IST

The Centre has justified in the Supreme Court its March 29 direction asking private establishments to pay full wages to workers during the COVID-19 lockdown and said that employers claiming incapacity in paying salaries must be directed to furnish their audited balance sheets and accounts in the court.

In an affidavit filed in the apex court, the government has said the March 29 directive was a "temporary measure to mitigate the financial hardship" of employees and workers, specially contractual and casual, during the lockdown period and the directions have been revoked by the authority with effect from May 18.

The affidavit filed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said the direction was fully in conformity with the provisions, scheme and objects of the Disaster Management Act and it is not ultra vires.

While requesting the top court to dispose of as infructuous the batch of pleas challenging the March 29 notification, the government said the "impugned notifications have outlived their life and adjudication of the same would only entail an academic exercise as it would not be in the interest of public to seek recovery of salaries paid to employees and workers for the said 54 days".