Court held on Tuesday that season ticket holders were not entitled to travel on reserved coaches of trains.
The Bench, comprising Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice K. Vinod Chandran, observed that it agreed with earlier judgements of the High Court that season ticket holders were not permitted to travel on reserved compartments.
The court made the observation while dismissing a petition filed by Nazarudeen from Kozhikode challenging the Railways’ order that First Class season tickets holders were allowed to travel only on unreserved coaches.
In its earlier judgments, the court had held that persons who had reserved tickets would have to be protected.
Railways said there was no reservation of seats or berths for First Class season ticket holders or for that matter, Second Class season ticket holders.
The First Class season ticket holders would be entitled to travel only on unreserved coaches, that too during the day. No superfast train had unreserved coaches, Railways contended.
As per the Indian Railway Commercial Manual, Railways were bound to see that upper and lower class passengers, who had reserved their berths/seats, were properly accommodated.