HAWA SINGH KHATRI Vs. UNION OF INDIA
HIGH COURT OF DELHI
Hawa Singh Khatri
UNION OF INDIA
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REKHA SHARMA, J. -
(1.) BOTH the writ petitions are inter -linked and are based on common facts. Hence, they are being disposed of by this common
(2.) IT so happened that in the year 1994, ten petitioners led by Hawa Singh Khatri filed Writ Petition (C) No. 1305 of 1994 alleging that
though they were selected for appointment to the posts of Fire
Operators, they were not so appointed. Accordingly, they prayed for a
writ of mandamus seeking a direction to the respondents to appoint
them as Fire Operators.
(3.) THE facts on which they laid their claim were that they were sponsored through employment exchange for selection to the
posts of Fire Operators and were asked to report to Personnel
Department of Indira Gandhi International Airport on July 30, 1991 for
physical standard verification, driving test, stamina test and interview.
As directed, they took all the aforementioned tests. They were found
fit but before their actual appointments as Fire Operators could take
place, they were required to undergo basic training for Operators in
IAAI. The letters to this effect were issued on November 22, 1991.
One such letter addressed to Devender Kumar has been placed on
record and it is not in dispute that similar letters were issued to other
petitioners as well. Relevant part of said letter which has a bearing on
the disposal of this writ petition reads as under:
"You have been selected for basic course for Operator in IAAI before you are actually appointed as Fire Operator on the following terms and conditions : -
a) that you are required to undergo basic course training in FTC conducted by IAAI Headquarters.
b) Your actual appointment will be subject to successful completion of the basic courses and passing out the prescribed examination from the FTC."
By another letter dated December 6, 1991, they were directed to report to the Fire Training Centre Hostel (Palam Airport) to
undergo training. This letter contained the names of 29 trainees
including the petitioners.;
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