ABP Pvt. Ltd. & Anr. Vs. Union of India & Ors.

ABP Pvt. Ltd. & Anr. Vs. Union of India & Ors.
Working Journalists
Writ Petition (Civil) No. 246 of 2011 with Writ Petition (Civil) No. 382 of 2011, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 384 of 2011, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 386 of 2011, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 408 of 2011, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 510 of 2011, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 538 of 2011, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 514 of 2011, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 546 of 2011, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 87 of 2012, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 264 of 2012, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 315 of 2012, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 817 of 2013 with Contempt Petition (Civil) No. 252 of 2012 in Writ Petition (Civil) No. 538 of 2011-Decided on 7-2-2014.
These writ petitions, under Article 32 of the Constitution of India, have been filed by the petitioners (management of various newspapers) praying for a declaration that the Working Journalists and Other Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service) and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1955 (in short ‘the Act’) is ultra vires as it infringes the fundamental rights guaranteed under Articles 14, 19(1)(a) and 19(1)(g) of the Constitution of India. The petitioners further prayed for quashing of the notification dated 11.11.2011 issued by the Central Government accepting the recommendations made by Justice Majithia Wage Boards for Working Journalists and Non-Journalist Newspaper and News Agency Employees….. Accordingly, we hold that the recommendations of the Wage Boards are valid in law, based on genuine and acceptable considerations and there is no valid ground for interference under Article 32 of the Constitution of India. 72) Consequently, all the writ petitions are dismissed with no order as to costs...read more