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Wednesday , January 23 , 2013
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Kingfisher woes soar

New Delhi, Jan. 22: Kingfisher Airlines is headed for more trouble with its employees planning to take legal action.

Kingfisher pilots today sent a notice to the management seeking compensation for mental harassment and salary dues.

The move comes just weeks after promoter Vijay Mallya and CEO Sanjay Aggarwal failed to convince Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways to pick up a stake.

Civil aviation minister Ajit Singh today said, “Kingfisher cannot be allowed to fly without settling its dues. Just paying the employees is not sufficient... the DGCA has said that all stakeholders need to be satisfied.”

The pilots in their notice have given the company a 21-day deadline to clear all dues or face criminal charges. “Our legal team is looking into it. If our demands are not met then the management would soon be facing civil and criminal charges related to harassment and causing agony,” a representative of Kingfisher’s pilot association said.

Kingfisher’s engineers have also decided to go ahead with a winding up petition in the Delhi high court.

The legal notice is likely to be served next week and will be followed by a winding-up petition, the engineers’ association said.

Meanwhile, the Airports Authority of India has allowed all airports to give away Kingfisher’s slots to other airlines based on demand.