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Bombay High Court directs transport dept to reinstate HIV positive bus driver

Sep 05, 2013 08:38 PM IST India India

Mumbai: The Bombay high Court has directed the state transport department to reinstate a bus driver who was suspended for testing HIV positive.

The 41-year-old bus driver from Pune was sacked from his job last year after he voluntarily disclosed his status.

CNN IBN had reported on his suspension last year after which the state government had promised to take up the case. The driver had turned Citizen Journalist for the channel to highlight his story a year ago.

The court held that removing a person based on his HIV status amounted to an infringement of the person's right to livelihood. The driver will have to be reinstated within a week's time. The amount of compensation will be decided in the next hearing.

In 2008, he tested positive and voluntarily disclosed his status to his employers. Considerably weakened by the disease and fearful of putting the lives of passengers at risk, he wrote to the STC asking to be moved to a non-driving job in 2011.