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Delhi HC notice to Newsclick, its director on ED plea seeking vacation of order

The bench said that the matter required deliberation and gave six weeks to Newsclick to reply and posted the matter for the next hearing on September 6

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Aug 11, 2023 01:06 PM IST

Prison authorities allowed to produce Yasin Malik before HC virtually on Aug 9

A bench of justices Siddharth Mridul and Anish Dayal noted that a Union home ministry’s order said Malik cannot be moved from Tihar and shall not be taken out of the jurisdiction of the national capital

Yasin Malik was sentenced to life imprisonment in a terror funding case last year. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 01:30 PM IST

Delhi HC issues notice on PIL against use of acronym INDIA by opposition parties

In his plea, Bhardwaj stated that this is an attempt to create confusion in the mind of the common people that the upcoming general election of 2024 will be fought between “political parties” or between “alliances and our country

Delhi high court (Representative Photo)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 12:39 PM IST

Delhi HC discharges twelve lawyers in 2006 Tis Hazari violence case

In January 2006, advocates went on strike to protest the relocation of courtrooms from the Tis Hazari court to the Rohini Court complex

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Siddharth Mridul said that these actions could not be directly attributed to the alleged contemnors. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 11:14 PM IST

No blanket ban on acid sale, HC tells Delhi govt to enforce rules

The order came in response to a petition filed by an acid attack survivor seeking a total ban on over-the-counter sale of acid in retail stores

A bench of chief justice Satish Chandra Sharma and justice Sanjeev Narula directed the Delhi government to strictly enforce the existing rules and regulations governing the sale of acid and to prevent its misuse for criminal purposes. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 27, 2023 11:39 PM IST

Admission interviews for minority students at JMC, St Stephen’s get Delhi HC nod

The decision, dated July 21 but released on Thursday, essentially reiterated an order the same court passed in September last year

The bench permitted the two colleges to admit Christian minority students with an 85% weightage on a candidates’ CUET score and 15% weightage on interviews. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jul 27, 2023 11:25 PM IST

Shut all coaching centres without fire safety certificate: HC

The Delhi HC said Master Plan-2021 permit coaching centres to operate, but no such institutions will be allowed to run contrary master plan provisions

The order comes while hearing a bunch of public interest litigations by residents of Mukherjee Nagar. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 25, 2023 11:47 PM IST

Delhi high court quashes plea against Vinesh, Bajrang for Asian Games trials

The petition was filed by Antim Panghal and Sujeet Kalkal, challengers in their weight division, against exemption from the Asian Games trials.

Wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat during a press conference.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 23, 2023 02:47 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘Organiser cannot be held accountable for hate speech by speaker’: Delhi HC

The court’s observation came as it set aside a 2020 trial court order to register an FIR against VHP leader Alok Kumar.

Delhi high court (FILE)
Updated on Jul 22, 2023 04:47 AM IST

Delhi HC to pronounce judgment on challenge against exemption

Justice Subramonium Prasad reserved his order on the pleas after hearing the parties and said that he will declare his verdict today

Wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat during a press conference.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Jul 21, 2023 08:15 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi High Court seeks WFI’s response on wrestlers’ plea challenging exemption

The ad-hoc panel had decided to exempt Punia (65kg) and Phogat (53kg) from the trials scheduled for July 22-23.

Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat during a press conference.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Jul 20, 2023 09:59 PM IST

HC issues notice over trials exemption granted to Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia

Wrestlers Antim Panghal and Sujeet Kalkal moved the Delhi high court to challenge the exemption granted to Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia from the Asian Games trials

Wrestlers Antim Panghal and Sujeet Kalkal have challenged the exemption. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 20, 2023 02:14 PM IST

Appalling affairs at dairy colonies in Delhi, says HC

The court also noted that the milk containers and cattle-feed were kept uncovered, exposed to flies and waste around it

The petition also pointed towards heaps of rotting carcasses and excreta at several spots in the colonies and carcasses of calves dumped on public streets, leading to fly infestation, and mosquito breeding. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jul 19, 2023 11:42 PM IST

A green legacy that began with the gavel

Two unique parks in the Indian capital of Delhi, themed on atonement and justice, were created as a result of court orders that directed errant residents to plant trees as a sign of penance.

HT Image
Updated on Jul 15, 2023 12:36 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘Approach UP court’: HC tells Delhi woman on FIR filed under UP conversion law

Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma said the Delhi high court didn’t have jurisdiction to hear the petition against the Muzaffarnagar court’s order

The woman contested the order to invoke the UP law against her, saying that for the duration of her marriage, she and her husband stayed in Delhi and not UP. (HT File)
Updated on Jul 12, 2023 04:07 PM IST

HC refuses to halt screening of ‘Nyay: The Justice’ based on Sushant Singh Rajput

Justice C Hari Shankar, while dismissing the plea filed by Rajput’s father, said that “to fasten a legal right, on something as fleeting as a celebrity, appears to be an oxymoron”

The Delhi high court. (Mint File Photo)
Updated on Jul 12, 2023 02:21 PM IST

2020 Delhi riots: Ex-AAP councillor Tahir Hussain gets bail in 5 of 11 cases

Former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain will continue to remain in prison in connection to the remaining cases, including the main conspiracy case

Hussain’s lawyer argued all the co-accused have been granted bail. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jul 12, 2023 12:05 PM IST

Delhi HC permits Go First lessors to inspect, carry out maintenance work

The court also restrained Go Air and the resolution professional appointed by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) from moving, removing, or replacing any part of the aircraft without prior permission from the lessors

Go first airlines (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jul 05, 2023 04:29 PM IST

Delhi HC scraps DDA’s plan to convert natural playgrounds into artificial turfs

The court said that DDA’s proposed plan would result in the destruction of a significant part of the open and naturally green area of the complex

The judge said development is also manifested in the retention of delicate ecology and green area of a neighbourhood. (DDA)
Updated on Jul 04, 2023 12:48 PM IST

No bar for convict to seek furlough when appeal pending in HC, SC: Delhi HC

The high court noted that since the period of sentence is not suspended during a furlough, it does not overreach the jurisdiction of the appellate court

The ruling came on pleas by four convicts in a murder case, whose furloughs were rejected by the jail authorities. (Representational image)
Updated on Jul 03, 2023 11:51 PM IST

Manish Sisodia doesn’t satisfy triple test, says Delhi HC; rejects his bail plea

The Delhi high court has already rejected Manish Sisodia’s bail application in the CBI’s excise case on the ground that the allegations against him are serious

Former Delhi deputy chief minister and AAP leader Manish Sisodia’s petition for bail was rejected by the Delhi high court on Monday (HT File Photo/Raj K Raj)
Updated on Jul 03, 2023 04:19 PM IST

Delhi HC dismisses PIL for scientific tests on complainant to control fake cases

The petitioner had said similar directions be made in respect of an accused and his or her statement be recorded in the charge sheet

The petitioner sought to direct the law commission to examine the best practices in developed countries. (Representative file image)
Updated on Jul 03, 2023 11:30 AM IST

Delhi HC dismisses PIL challenging RBI’s decision to withdraw 2,000 notes

The petitioner had contended in his plea that the RBI has no power to withdraw 2,000-rupee currency notes from circulation and only the Centre could have taken a decision in this regard

RBI had on May 19 announced the withdrawal of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2,000 currency notes from circulation. (Representative file image)
Updated on Jul 03, 2023 11:15 AM IST

More difficult for a woman to be a judge: Retd justice Mukta Gupta

Justice Gupta noted that with more women joining the legal profession, there is a likelihood that the number of women judges will increase

 (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 02, 2023 12:17 AM IST

Karnataka HC junks Twitter’s plea on takedowns

The Union government's blocking orders are ‘reasoned decisions,’ the court observed, and fined the company Ts 50 lakh for ‘failing to act on time.’

Representational Image
Updated on Jun 30, 2023 11:51 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Lawyers cannot be charged property tax for reading office file at home: Delhi HC

A bench of justices Najmi Waziri and Sudhir Jain said the MPD doesn’t allow MCD to charge tax on the professional activity carried out from a residential building

The case dates back to 2013 when the SDMC issued notice to a lawyer who was running his office from a portion of his residential premises (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 29, 2023 01:18 PM IST

HC refuses urgent listing of plea for Adipurush ban for hurting Hindu sentiments

Hindu Sena filed the plea on Friday saying the film should not be certified for public exhibition as it has hurt Hindu sentiments by allegedly mocking the epic Ramayan, Lord Ram, and the Indian culture

On Tuesday, the high court registrar allowed the urgent mentioning of the plea. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 21, 2023 12:07 PM IST

Plant 10k trees across Delhi from 70 lakh deposited by defaulting litigants: HC

The high court judge observed that trees would incessantly and silently provide multiple benefits to the city and generations of its residents for as long as they are alive

The matter will be heard next on July 7. (Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 19, 2023 01:27 PM IST

High court sets aside tree pruning guidelines issued by Delhi govt

The court’s decision follows a petition filed by a doctor, who said 800 trees in south Delhi’s Vasant Vihar had been pruned without following proper procedure.

The court said that it will be open to the Delhi government to frame guidelines and/or rules as may be requisite. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jun 15, 2023 04:33 AM IST

Permissible to change surname over caste prejudices: Delhi HC

Delhi high court has ruled that individuals have the right to change their surname in order to avoid being identified with a particular caste that could cause prejudice. The ruling came after two brothers challenged a letter from the Central Board of Secondary Education refusing to change their surnames in their class 10 and 12 marksheets. They claimed their father had changed his name from Lakshman Mochi to Lakshman Nayak due to prejudice, but that CBSE was refusing to allow the change in their certificates by contending that the change in surname would entail a change in their caste.

Permissible to change surname over caste prejudices: Delhi HC
Updated on Jun 13, 2023 12:01 AM IST
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