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Hands chopping case: SC notice to Odisha, AP

Taking cognisance of a media report on the incident, a bench of chief justice P Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued notice to chief secretaries of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

According to the report, the incident occurred near a jungle in Belpada village in Kalahandi district of Odisha when the two labourers were being taken back to their homes to recover the money paid to them in advance when they were hired. They were being taken back as they had refused to work in a brick kiln in Raipur district of Chhattisgarh.

On the way back, the contractor and his accomplice got drunk and chopped off the right hands of the two workers, the report said. The police have launched a manhunt for the contractor and his accomplice.

HC notice to Thakur

New Delhi:
Delhi HC has issued notices to BJP MP Anurag Thakur, his brother and nine media houses in connection with news reports on the controversy relating to the link between an entrepreneur and Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh. Industrialist V Chandrashekhar, CEO of Delhi-based Tarini Group of companies, having its project in the hill state, has sought restraint on Thakur, his brother and the media houses, from running ‘slanderous’ news against the him and his company linking them with the chief minister.

Chandrashekhar and his companies, which deal in hydro- power sector, sought damages of Rs 3 crore from Thakur, his brother Arun Singh Dhumal, who is also Vice President of state cricket association, for news articles that accused them of making payments. ‘Plaint be registered as a Suit. Issue summons in suit and notice of the application to the defendants. Defendant nos. 1 (Anurag) and 2 (Arun) accepts summons in suit and notice of the application through their counsel.

Besides seeking ‘unconditional’ public apology, the plea has also sought withdrawal of ‘slanderous/libellous imputations made and available in public domain.’
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