New Delhi:The Delhi High Court has asked public sector firms such as Air India and Indian Oil Corp not to fire employees who switch over to Indian Cricket League (ICL) from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The Court passed the interim order after it was brought to its notice by ICL counsel Harish Salve that IOC and Air India have threatened employees to terminate their services if they join ICL.
Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul passed the direction on a suit filed by Essel Sports Pvt Ltd, the promoter of ICL, seeking a direction to BCCI not to intimidate players who join ICL.
"The public corporations will not terminate the services or take action against its employees (those playing for BCCI) by reason of seeking to affiliate themselves with ICL," Kaul said.
The court also issued notices to central government an BCCI among others on the suit filed by Essel. They have been asked to submit their replies within three weeks. The court posted the matter for hearing on October 5.
The Court said in the fight between two giants players should not suffer. "Why should players have swords hanging over their head?" it asked.