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Test with burning camphor in palms

Chennai: A couple of teenage girls were forced to hold burning camphor in their palms in front of a local temple to prove their innocence after allegations of theft were levelled against the duo in Vellanur village near Perambalur, about 160 km from here, reports our special correspondent.

A case was registered and two people were arrested and remanded in the Perambalur sub-jail on Sunday.

Police said Vembu and Chandra Devi were subjected to the torture by two young men Venkatan and Kannan after Venkatan alleged that the girls had stolen Rs 600 from a relative’s house.

The girls, both around 16, were strolling along the hillside near the village a few days ago, when they were accosted by the two men who accused Chandra of being the main culprit.

When the girls denied committing any theft, the duo forced them to prove their innocence by holding lighted camphor in front of the village temple.

Venkatan and Kannan have been arrested on a complaint filed by the girls.

Police have registered a case against the two under IPC Section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or by fire or by any heated substance) and Section 506(1) related to criminal intimidation.

Mysore sex scandal cases

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has said it wanted to give a “quietus” ( final settlement) to cases pertaining to contempt of court action against media for linking three Karnataka High Court judges to the Mysore sex scandal, reports our legal correspondent.

A bench of Chief Justice V.. Khare and Justices S.B. Sinha and A.R. Lakshmanan sought help from senior counsel Fali S. Nariman and appointed him amicus curiae to ensure the case is not prolonged further. The court said “the matter should end here” and adjourned it for four weeks.

Karnataka High Court had suo motu initiated contempt of court proceedings against 11 dailies for tarnishing the image of the judiciary as a high-level committee appointed by the Chief Justice of India had given a clean chit to the three judges.

The dailies have challenged the contempt action initiated by the high court. The apex court will resume hearings after Nariman submits his report.

Namdeo gets bail

Mumbai (PTI): Dismissed CISF jawan Rajnarayan Namdeo, who had shot dead his senior and taken six others hostage for several hours at the international airport here four months ago, was granted bail on Monday.

Sessions judge .D. Deshpande granted Namdeo bail for a sum of Rs 5,000 in cash in addition to a personal bond of Rs 5,000 to be submitted by his father Lalit Prasad. The court also asked his mother Umadevi to furnish a personal bond of Rs 500.

Youths charred

Rudrapur (PTI): Two youth were charred when their motorcyle burst into flames after colliding head-on with a tractor trolley at Udhamsingh Nagar in Uttaranchal. Police said the duo died after the petrol tank of the motorcycle burst and caught fire.

CRPF intelligence

New Delhi: The Central Reserve Police Force has sent a proposal to home ministry seeking permission to raise an intelligence wing as it takes over the security of Jammu and Kashmir from the Border Security Force.

Temple trouble

Joshimath: Shops and establishments remained closed on Sunday in protest against an attack on the president of Badrinath Traders Association, Jamuna Prasad Raiwani, three days ago. Raiwani, spokesman of the Committee for Safeguarding the Honour of Pilgrimage Places, had allegedly accused the Badrinath-Kedarnath Temple Committee of being corrupt.

Judge plea in SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has issued notices to the Delhi government and the high court on a plea of additional sessions judge S.. Dhingra, who sought expunging of the “strictures” passed against him by the high court in a cheque bouncing case. His counsel said Justice J.D. Kapoor passed the “strictures” without sending a notice.

Veerappan case

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has allowed Abdul Kareem, whose son was a victim of the Veerappan gang, to be a party in a case seeking to enhance the punishment of six members of the Veerappan gang.


Over a thousand theatre personalities from across the country will converge in New Delhi to be part of Rang Swarn — a festival organised by the Sangeet Natak Akademi — from October 9 to 22. The theatre festival will feature around 50 performances.

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