Shut down Kingfisher Airlines, demands desperate staff as it escalates confrontation with Vijay Mallya

Beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines today faced fresh trouble with its employees deciding to move court seeking a formal closure of the company if Vijay Mallya did not spell out future plans giving a time-line for clearing their salary dues of eight months.

The employees are also learnt to have moved the DGCA, informing the aviation regulator of their plans which also include seeking the intervention of the President of India Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, airline sources said.

"We demand that the management should share the revival plan with us. We also want it to spell out a payment schedule for our salary dues. If we don't find their explanation satisfactory, we will file a winding up petition in the court under section 433 of the Companies Act," the sources said.

The decision was taken following a meeting of the Kingfisher Airlines Maintenance Engineers Association, which lasted for two hours in New Delhi.

The staffers have also decided to write to the Kingfisher management asking them to sell assets of the airline and clear salary dues running into several months, they said.

There was no immediate response from the airlines management to the employees' decision.

Kingfisher, whose flying license (Scheduled Operator's Permit) expired on December 31 last year, suffered another blow with the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) giving away six of 11 of flying slots, with sources saying most of them have gone to Indigo, official sources said.

Its bankers, which have been discussing recovery measures during the past few months, have also decided to take legal action against the airline company for its failure to repay over Rs 7,000 crore debt despite repeated reminders.

Kingfisher is burdened with a loss of Rs 8,000 crore and a debt burden of another over Rs 7,524 crore, a large part of that has not been serviced since January.

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