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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its preliminary order in a case seeking to review a 1978 verdict that defined the term industry.

A seven-judge bench of chief justice T.S. Thakur, justices Madan B. Lokur, S.A. Bobde, Adarsh Kumar Goel, U.U. Lalit, D.Y. Chandrachud and L. Nageswara Rao will decide if the definition of industry needs to be revisited.

Governments of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat have asked the court to revisit the 38-year-old verdict—also made by another seven-judge bench—that had interpreted the term industry according to the Industrial Disputes Act.

Bangalore Water Supply had claimed not to be an industry under law after a few of its employees moved a special labour court against fines imposed for misconduct. The court extended the definition from manufacturing units to other government establishments, irrespective of the functions performed by them.

The court had then decided that Bangalore Water Supply was an industry by a majority vote of 5 judges against two. In 2005, a five-judge bench had sought a reconsideration of the ruling by a larger bench, as the verdict carries an “over-emphasis on the rights of the workers."

The court also asked additional solicitor general Pinky Anand to assist in the case.

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