Decided on January 18,2013

Uttam Sugar Mills Co. Ltd. Appellant
State of Uttarakhand And Ors. Respondents


B.S. Verma, J. - (1.) URGENCY Application No. 271 of 2013 is allowed. Heard.
(2.) BY means of this writ petition, the petitioner has sought a writ in the nature of certiorari quashing the impugned order dated 21.08.2012 notified in the Gazette on dated 8.9.2012 (contained as Annexure -1 to this writ petition). Impugned Notification has been assailed mainly on the ground that the State Government has no power to pass order under clause (b) of Section 3 of U.P. Industrial Disputes Act retrospectively. Other grounds have also been taken to assail the Notification.
(3.) LEARNED Counsel for the petitioner has placed reliance upon the judgment delivered by the Full Bench of the Allahabad High Court in the case of Basti Sugar Mills Co. Ltd. vs. State of Uttar Pradesh and others, reported in : AIR 1954 All. 538, wherein the Full Bench of the Allahabad High Court, in para -21, held: - ...it is clear that cl. (b) of S. 3 U.P. Industrial Disputes Act cannot be given any retrospective effect. There are no words at all in this section which may indicate that the legislature expressly intended that this provision of law should operate retrospectively so as to govern terms and conditions of employment agreed to between the employers and employees and already acted upon before orders are passed by the State Government in exercise of the powers conferred by Cl.(b) of S. 3 of the Act. There are, in fact, no words at all in this provision to indicate that the legislature could even have impliedly intended to lay down that orders passed under Cl.(b) of S. 3 might be given retrospective effect so as to alter terms and conditions of employment agreed upon and carried out prior to the passing of the orders. In our view, the language of this provisions is such as to give a clear impression of the intention of the legislature that orders under it must be purely prospective so as to govern future terms and conditions of service.;

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