New Delhi, Oct 8 (IBNS): The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has admitted a plea to start a case against the embattled Kingfisher Airlines chief and liquor baron Vijay Mallya for the suicide committed by the wife of an employee of the airline who has not been paid his salaries for months, media reports said on Monday.
The wife of the Kingfisher Airlines employee recently committed suicide in south-west Delhi's Manglapuri area.
The 45-year-old, Sushmita Chakrabarty, left a suicide note written in Bengali last Thursday, where she mentioned that Kingfisher Airlines has not paid her husband's for six months.
Chakrabarty wrote that she took the extreme step as her family was passing through acute financial crisis.
Her husband, Manas Chakrabarty,works as a ground staff with the cash-strapped private carrier.
Sushmita's neighbours found her hanging from the ceiling in her Manglapuri flat.
Amid a strike by the employees over non-payment of salaries, Kingfisher has announced a lockout.
Kingfisher reported a loss of Rs. 1,151.50 crore in the March quarter.
It has a debt of over Rs. 7,500 crore and accumulated losses which is almost equal.
Kingfisher Airlines controlled by liquor baron Vijay Mallya has neither been able to pay salaries regularly since Feb nor has it managed to pay its dues to oil companies and airports, media reports said.
Aviation watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday issued showcause notice to Kingfisher Airlines, threatening to cancel the licence of the firm if it failed to clean up its act.
Earlier, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh had said that they were worried about the safety aspect of Kingfisher.
The government said the DGCA has issued a show cause notice to the Kingfisher Airlines (KFA), to be replied within 15 days, that why its permit should not be cancelled or suspended under the provisions of Section 15(2)(b) of Schedule XI of the Aircraft Rules 1937 as the Airline has failed to establish a safe, efficient and reliable service.
The operations of the KFA are under suspension since Sept 30 due to strike by its employees.