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Another defamation notice
Posted/Updated Wednesday, May 16 12:13:23, 2012
Rs 100 crore defamation notices are now par for the course. After Justice Sawant's suit against Arnab Goswami, and Times Now's legal notice for the same damages to The Hoot, we now have Shekhar Gupta and other authors of the Indian Express page one story on April 4 asking Vinod Mehta and Open magazine for  Rs  100 crore in damages for defaming them. In an interview to Open magazine Mehta had described the Express story as "a mistake of Himalayan proportions" and asserted repeatedly that it was a planted story.
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The Delhi High Court ruled on November 17 that 272 workers of the Hindustan Times be reinstated with back wages for the past nine years. Justice Suresh Kait has termed their retrenchment arbitrary, and upheld the earlier judgement of the Industrial Tribunal  on January 23, 2012 which had ordered  reinstatement of the workers. The latest judgement clarifies that this must be done with back wages.

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