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SC grants Rs.40,000 compensation for dog bite death in Kerala
New Delhi : The Supreme Court has directed the Kerala government to pay Rs.40,000 to Jose Sabastin whose wife died after being bitten by a dog and could not be cured despite undergoing treatment.
 
Noting that unless an ex-gratia amount was paid, the victim's family was not in a position to sustain itself, the bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh said: "We think it apt to direct Kerala to pay a sum of Rs.40,000 to the applicant (Sabastin) within four weeks."
 
The court was told that Sabastin, who has two children, was working as a bus driver and his wife was working in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS).
 
However, the court made it clear that it would not henceforth entertain any application for payment of compensation to victims of dog bites as it has constituted a three-member fact-finding committee to look into such complaints.
 
"Any person intending to avail this kind of remedy has to move the committee and not directly come to this court or move the high court," the court said in its order on Tuesday that was made available on Wednesday.
 
Counsel V.K. Biju, appearing for Sabastin, said the applicant's wife succumbed to the injuries because of the dog bite and could not be cured despite undergoing treatment.
 
Biju told the court that because of inadequate action by the state, the number of victims has risen in Kerala and also led to a "catastrophe", for the deaths ruined the families.
 
Addressing the issue of menace caused by dogs and remedies for the victims, the court set up a three-member fact finding committee comprising a former judge of the Kerala High Court, Justice Siri Jaga, the law secretary, law department and director of health services of Kerala.
 
The committee, the court said, "shall entertain the complaints with regard to the injuries sustained by people in dog bites, the nature and gravity of the injury, availability of medicines and the treatment administered to them, the failure of treatment and its cure and in case of unfortunate death, the particulars of the deceased and the reasons behind the same".
 
The committee, the court said, "shall also identify the centres/hospitals where the anti-rabies vaccines are available free of charge".
 
The court said that on the basis of the facts recorded by the committee in each case, it would be in a position to think of granting compensation or making certain arrangements.
 
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Param

1 year ago

where are the stray dog lovers now??? people think that feeding biscuits to strays allows them to keep their 'areas' well guarded, without any idea of these fatal consequences. i think that if you love stray dogs, you should adopt them into your house, or let them be taken away by the municipalities.

Odisha chit fund scam: Minister on CBI scanner
Bhubaneswar : An aide of Odisha's Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Dasburma on Wednesday submitted documents relating to a vehicle owned by the minister to the CBI which is inquiring into the multi-crore-rupee chit fund scam in the state.
 
Gourang Sahu, representative of the minister, submitted the documents to the CBI on allegations of taking the car from the Artha Tatwa chit fund company.
 
The CBI had issued notice to the minister on April 4 to submit documents relating to the vehicle.
 
Dasburma, however, said everything will come out after the CBI inquiry.
 
Congress leader Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra had alleged that the vehicle was gifted by Artha Tatwa chief Pradeep Sethi, who is in jail for duping thousands of depositors.
 
The CBI is inquiring into the chit fund scam of 44 companies in the state following directions of the Supreme Court.
 
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Rs.9.43 crore of Karnataka ex-minister attached in mining scam
Bengaluru : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday attached Rs.9.43 crore of Associated Mining Company (AMC), owned by Karnataka's former BJP minister G. Janarahdan Reddy and his wife G. Lakshmi Aruna, as the balance amount from illegal sale of iron ore to JSW Steels at Ballari.
 
"This (Rs.9.43 crore) is the balance amount of the Rs.33.80 crore AMC generated from illegal sale of iron ore to JSW and kept with the steel firm," ED said in a statement here.
 
ED's Bengaluru office had also attached the major amount (Rs.24.37 crore) in March 2015 under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act after investigations through this amount was also kept with JSW.
 
"AMC and its former partners (Reddy & Aruna) projected the ill-gotten money as untainted," the statement noted.
 
The value of total proceeds of the crime attached in this case is Rs.71.54 crore, including Rs.37.74 crore recovered from other illegal proceeds of AMC.
 
Reddy, who was a cabinet minister in the first BJP government from May 2008 to July 2011, is on bail after languishing in Hyderabad and Bengaluru central jails till January 23, 2015 following his arrest by the CBI on September 5, 2011 in multi-crore mining scams in both the neighbouring states.
 
The Supreme Court ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe Reddy's illegal mining activities, including exports through his mining firms in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
 
The CBI also raided Reddy's palatial bungalow at Ballari, about 300km from here, and in Bengaluru in October 2011 and recovered several incriminating documents in connection with the mining scams.
 
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