Oil & Natural Gas
Corpn. Ltd. Vs. The Pertoleum Emp. Union & Ors.  INSC 650 (30 March
JURISDICTION CIVIL APPEAL NOS. 2383-2384 OF 2009 [Arising out of SLP(C) Nos.
18357-18358/2005] OIL & NATURAL GAS CORPORATION LTD. ... APPELLANT(S)
CIVIL APPEAL NOS. 2386-2387 OF 2009 [Arising out of SLP(C) Nos.
17615-17616/2005] CIVIL APPEAL NOS. 2388-2389 OF 2009 [Arising out of SLP(C)
Nos. 17978-17979/2005] CIVIL APPEAL NOS. 2390-2391 OF 2009 [Arising out of
SLP(C) Nos. 18816-18817/2005] CIVIL APPEAL NOS. 2393-2394 OF 2009 [Arising out
of SLP(C) Nos. 17887-17888/2005] CIVIL APPEAL NOS. 2395-2396 OF 2009 [Arising
out of SLP(C) Nos. 19005-19006/2005] CIVIL APPEAL NOS. 2397-2398 OF 2009 [Arising
out of SLP(C) Nos. 18309-18310/2005] CIVIL APPEAL NOS. 2399-2400 OF 2009
[Arising out of SLP(C) Nos. 19018-19019/2005] ORDER Leave granted.
Having heard the
learned counsel for the parties, we are of the opinion that keeping in view the
decision of this Court in Steel Authority of India and Ors. vs.
National Union -2-
Waterfront Workers and Ors.[2001 (7) SCC 1], the question as to whether the
contract between the contractor and management of O.N.G.C. was sham or not,
should be decided by the Industrial Tribunal. We, therefore, are of the opinion
that the interim relief, if any, prayed for by the workmen may also be
determined by the said Tribunal.
However, keeping in
view the passage of time as also the interim order of stay passed by this Court
on 25.8.2005, paragraph 8 of the impugned order need not be implemented till
any appropriate order is passed by the Tribunal.
It is needless to say
that all contentions of the parties, including the question of maintainability
of the reference, shall remain open.
The appeals are
disposed of with the aforementioned direction.
(Dr. MUKUNDAKAM SHARMA)