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Airlines told to pay for seat goof-up

new delhi (PTI): A consumer court has ordered Kuwait Airways and Indian Airlines to pay Rs 10,000 each to passengers for denying them seats despite having confirmed tickets.

“A person holding a confirmed ticket cannot be denied a boarding pass and, if denied, it amounts to deficiency of services,” the New Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum said. It rejected Indian Airlines’ contention that the complainant, an IAS officer, had reached late at the checking counter on November 11, 1999. “This plea is not tenable as there is no rule in which a confirmed passenger could be denied a boarding pass if he has reported within the stipulated time,” the consumer court said.

Kuwait Airways, which had denied seats to an Indian couple on the ground that the tickets were not “reconfirmed” 72 hours before departure, was also asked to pay Rs 10,000 to each of them and litigation costs.

On the stipulation that “tickets must be reconfirmed at least 72 hours prior to departure”, the court said the words “at least” do not denote that the tickets should be reconfirmed only 72 hours before departure and not earlier than that. The airliner was also asked to return to M.P. Gupta and his wife the $1,050 it had charged to accommodate them in the business class for their flight from New York to Delhi.

Court acquits Nedumaran

Madurai (PTI): Tamil national movement leader P. Nedumaran was on Monday acquitted by a judicial magistrate court in Tiruchendur in a case relating to his alleged “pro-LTTE” remarks at a meeting in the town in Tuticorin district on June 26, 1992.

Magistrate Baldurai ruled that police had failed to prove their charge by producing supporting documents and evidence.

Nedumaran is facing two similar cases, including one under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, for allegedly making speeches in support of the banned outfit at different places.

Police had recently filed chargesheets in these cases. In the Tiruchendur case, Nedumaran was charged with supporting the banned Sri Lankan outfit at a meeting organised by the local unit of the Tamizhar Marumalachi Manram.

While the case was registered by police on July 27, 1994, the chargesheet was filed on November 21,1996. Nedumaran was produced in the court on September 2, 2002.

Speaking to newsmen later, Nedumaran said “justice has won and the false case filed against him has been defeated”. The Tamil leader hoped that the other cases against him would also be defeated and justice would be “established”.

SC admits Stalin plea

B>lnew delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday admitted a special leave petition of DMK MLA and former Chennai mayor M.K. Stalin challenging the order of Madras High Court that unseated him as mayor for the second consecutive term, reports our legal correspondent.

A division bench granted leave to the petition — which in legal parlance means admitting the petition for further hearings — and issued notices to the Tamil Nadu government. No date was fixed for the next hearing.

The court had quashed a law of the Tamil Nadu legislature that barred legislators from simultaneously holding posts in rural or urban local bodies. Stalin, son of DMK president and former chief minister M. Karunanidhi, was an MLA when he was elected mayor of Chennai.

Kidney scam

B>lnew delhi (PTI): The National Human Rights Commission has issued notice in the kidney scam case to the Punjab government asking for a response in two weeks. The panel has asked the state chief secretary and director-general of police to report to it the number of kidney donors “in jail”. Reports said around 300 labourers were forced to sell kidneys and 20 to 25 died.

Witness hostile

Mumbai (PTI): A prime witness in the case of alleged Bollywood nexus with the underworld turned hostile in a special court on Monday as he went back on his statement to the police on the whereabouts of Tarun Shah, the secretary of film financier Bharat Shah.

Dental health study

B>laligarh (PTI): People living in sugarcane-growing areas enjoy better oral health compared to those in other areas, a study by the Dental Council of India said. The residents of sugarcane-growing areas chew sugarcane several times a day, which contains a natural cleansing quality, the study said.

Arms seized

srinagar (PTI): Security forces busted two militant hideouts and recovered a cache of weapons, including six kg of RDX and eight improvised explosive devices, in the border district of Kupwara in north Kashmir. The Centre has decided to declare April 11, the birthday of Kasturba Gandhi, as National Safe Motherhood Day. It may also institute a presidential award for extraordinary achievements in preventing maternal deaths.

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