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Damages on BA for denying seat

New Delhi (PTI): British Airways has been ordered by a consumer court to pay Rs 22,500 as compensation and litigation costs of Rs 5,000 to an Indian passenger for denying him a seat on its flight despite his having a confirmed ticket.

However, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission rejected the complainant’s claim for Rs 25 lakh and said asking compensation for remote losses like “injury to professional standing and loss of reputation in the international community” was “not maintainable”.

The commission took into account the complainant’s actual losses and said the sum of £150, which the international carrier had paid him for denying him boarding, was not enough.

“A passenger who is denied boarding should be offered hotel accommodation etc. And also be paid compensation, and it is not that it should be done only on his request. A passenger may decline hotel accommodation (like in the present case), but he should be apprised of the offer,” the commission said.

In similar cases, the international practice was to provide both hotel accommodation and to fly out the passenger on the first available flight besides paying a compensation ranging from US $ 300-400, commission president Justice D.P. Wadhwa and members Justices J.K. Mehra and B.K. Taimni said.

The complainant, Chandi Prasad Bhatt, was entitled to Rs 5,000 as cost of one day’s stay at a hotel in Delhi and also compensation equivalent to £200, the commission said.

Court rap on Veerappan plan

New Delhi (PTI): Delhi High Court on Monday sought reports from the Centre, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka governments about the action taken by them to catch Veerappan.

A bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and S.K. Agrawal directed the Centre and the governments of the two states to submit details by February 11, as to what action has been taken by them so far to catch the sandalwood smuggler.

Allowing the request by the Centre’s standing counsel, Jayant Bhushan, and counsel for Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to give them more time to file replies, the court specifically asked the Karnataka government about its initiatives as Veerappan’s latest activities were confined to its territory.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation seeking initiation of concrete steps to apprehend Veerappan, after it had issued notices to the Centre, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka on December 10.

Rs 8.5 lakh recovered

calcutta: Officials of the directorate of revenue intelligence on Monday announced the recovery of currency worth Rs 8.5 lakh from the stomach of two Bangkok-bound passengers, says a staff reporter.

Officials said acting on a tip-off, intelligence sleuths had detained D. Singh and S. Singh at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport on January 1 and forced them to consume purgatives. Over the last five days, 25 capsules were found in their stool containing the total money. They have been handed over to the police.

Life imprisonment

Coimbatore (PTI): Ten persons, including Tamizhaka Munnetra Kazhakaam leader John Pandiyan, were sentenced to life imprisonment for involvement in the murder of a finance company owner in 1993. A fine of Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1 lakh was also imposed on the prime accused Venkataramana and Pandiyan respectively.

3 of family killed

Bhind (PTI): Three members of a jeweller’s family were killed by dacoits in Batasha Bazar on Sunday night, police said. Three persons have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident. Cash and jewellery worth Rs 9.50 lakh was recovered from them, they said. A bandh was observed in the town on Monday to protest the killings. The victims have been identified as Prem Chand Jain (60), his wife, Laxmi (55), and daughter, Preeti (27).

R-Day tickets

New Delhi (PTI): The sale of tickets for this years Republic Day parade at Rajpath and beating retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk will commence from Tuesday, an official release said. The tickets for the Republic Day will cost Rs 200 and Rs 100 for reserved seats and Rs 50 and Rs 10 for unreserved ones.

Cold wave claims 2

Jaipur (PTI): Cold weather claimed two more lives taking the toll to six in Rajasthan this winter, police said. Bodies of two beggars were found in different parts of the city, who apparently died of cold. Mount Abu recorded the lowest of two degree Celsius in the state on Sunday night.

Delhi police on Monday launched the Road Safety Week with around 2,000 schoolchildren taking part in a street march. On the occasion, city police commissioner r.s. gupta said the number of fatal accidents in the capital has shown a decreasing trend.

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