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Rap on poll panel

New Delhi, Nov. 23: The Supreme Court today expressed reservations over the Election Commission’s decision to conduct random search and seizure of vehicles in Gujarat to impound any unaccounted cash over Rs 2.5 lakh, ostensibly being used by candidates to influence voters in the coming elections.

The court said the election panel’s efforts to curb malpractices were laudable but it cannot violate a citizen’s right to liberty and right to carry on any profession or trade, guaranteed under the Constitution. It posted the matter for a detailed hearing on Monday.

Kochi metro

New Delhi (PTI): Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy said on Friday that the Centre’s has assured Delhi Metro Rail Corporation “participation” in executing the Kochi Metro project.

Accident damages

New Delhi, Nov. 23: An Uttar Pradesh native, who lost his right leg on being hit by a state roadways bus, has been awarded a compensation of over Rs 10 lakh by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal.

The tribunal ordered the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation and the bus driver to pay Rs 10.35 lakh to Bhupender Singh. The victim, who was earning Rs 10,000 a month, had to leave his job because of 70 per cent permanent disability.

WAN post

New Delhi: WAN-IFRA, an international professional organisation for newspapers and news publishers, has named Thomas Jacob as its chief operating officer. Jacob began his career as an engineer with Mathrubhumi, a vernacular newspaper from Kerala.

VS land case

Kochi (PTI): Kerala High Court has dismissed a petition seeking a CBI probe into the land assignment case against former chief minister V. S. Achuthanandan, saying it lacked merit. Petitioner Jijo Mathew said the probe into the case was “highly biased” and demanded that the CBI investigate it.