Vs. Satyavati Bhargava & Ors  INSC 140 (23 February 1994)
Singh (J) Kuldip Singh (J) Yogeshwar Dayal (J)
1994 SCC (4) 662
question for consideration in Civil Appeal No. 242 of 1990 and connected
matters is whether the Medical Representatives working in various
pharmaceutical firms are 'workmen' as defined under Section 2(s) of 663 the
Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 (the Act). We have been taken through two
judgments of this Court in Burmah Shell Oil Storage and Distribution Co. of
India v. Burmah Shell Management Staff Association' and S.K. Verma v. Mahesh
Chandra2. The later three-Judge Bench has not noticed the earlier judgment
which is also by three-Judge Bench.
the view taken by the two Benches on the interpretation of Section 2(s) of the
Act is contradictory.
of the view that it would be in the interest of justice that these matters be
heard by a larger Bench. The papers be placed before Hon'ble the Chief Justice
of India for his kind consideration as to whether it would be appropriate to
constitute a three-Judge Bench or five-Judge Bench to hear those matters.