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The child rights body said that it had written to Twitter and Delhi Police in July 2021 regarding Zubair’s post and asked them about the follow-up action. (Shutterstock)
The child rights body said that it had written to Twitter and Delhi Police in July 2021 regarding Zubair’s post and asked them about the follow-up action. (Shutterstock)

Twitter not removing minor’s image: Child rights body to Delhi HC

By Richa Banka, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 05:23 AM IST
A case was registered against Alt news co-founder Mohammad Zubair by Delhi Police in August last year on the complaint by NCPCR referring to a tweet shared by him on August 6, 2020. In the tweet, Zubair shared the photo of a minor girl, with her face blurred out, during an online spat he was having with her father
A paramilitary soldier stands guard near a pyre inside a crematorium where a 9-year-old girl from the Dalit community was cremated. Angry villagers held a protest saying the girl was raped and killed.(AP Photo)
A paramilitary soldier stands guard near a pyre inside a crematorium where a 9-year-old girl from the Dalit community was cremated. Angry villagers held a protest saying the girl was raped and killed.(AP Photo)

Delhi Cantt rape case: Dalit girl died of suffocation during assault, say cops

By Richa Banka, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 04:50 AM IST
This is the first time the girl’s cause of death has come to light, and it appears to debunk the claims made by the accused.
Delhi Police commissioner Rakesh Asthana’s appointment had been challenged in the court. (PTI)
Delhi Police commissioner Rakesh Asthana’s appointment had been challenged in the court. (PTI)

Govt defends Asthana as Delhi police commissioner

By Richa Banka, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 05:16 AM IST
Both Asthana’s transfer to AGMUT, and his appointment with only four days to go for his retirement, have been challenged in court.
The court ordered that the Lashkar-e-Taiba man should be deported back to Pakistan after his sentence.
The court ordered that the Lashkar-e-Taiba man should be deported back to Pakistan after his sentence.

India facing relentless terror attacks, says court; sends Laskar man to jail

UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2021 12:07 PM IST
Principal District and Sessions Judge Dinesh Sharma awarded the sentence on September 10 to the Lashkar-e-Taiba man, who was arrested by the National Investigation Agency in 2017.
26 May 2015, New Delhi: delhi high court . photo:pradeep gaur/mint
26 May 2015, New Delhi: delhi high court . photo:pradeep gaur/mint

Process plea for green nod to hospital: HC

By Richa Banka, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2021 07:07 AM IST
The bench of the Delhi high court granted time to the Delhi government and asked them to point out the “least possible time” within which the permission/sanction can be granted.
Delhi court sends Lashkar terrorist to seven years in jail
Delhi court sends Lashkar terrorist to seven years in jail

Delhi court sends Lashkar terrorist to seven years in jail

PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 12:17 AM IST
23-year-old Mohammad Amir, a Pakistani citizen, was arrested by the National Investigation Agency in 2017. According to the NIA, Amir, along with three others had illegally infiltrated into Indian territory from Pakistan along with weapons, ammunition, with an intention to carry out a terrorist attack in India
Communal riots broke out in north-east Delhi in February 2020, claiming 53 lives and leaving more than 400 injured. (HT Archive)
Communal riots broke out in north-east Delhi in February 2020, claiming 53 lives and leaving more than 400 injured. (HT Archive)

Delhi riots: Two get bail in constable Ratan Lal murder case, two others denied

By Richa Banka, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2021 03:05 AM IST
The evidence does not indicate clearly whether they were present at the scene of the crime, said the Delhi high court
On July 22, the court had ruled that a chief minister’s promise to citizens was enforceable.(File Photo)
On July 22, the court had ruled that a chief minister’s promise to citizens was enforceable.(File Photo)

Decision on paying rent for poor in 2 weeks: Delhi Govt to HC

By Richa Banka, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2021 03:41 AM IST
Delhi government’s counsel Gautam Narayan told justice Rekha Palli, who was hearing a plea alleging wilful disobedience of the court’s order directing a decision be taken in the matter in six weeks, that the decision will be taken within two weeks.
The court was hearing a petition by the Munirka Village residents’ welfare association. (HT Archive)
The court was hearing a petition by the Munirka Village residents’ welfare association. (HT Archive)

HC tells cops, civic body to evict hawkers from Munirka market

By Richa Banka, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2021 06:22 AM IST
“If it is a no hawking, no vending zone, then you have to remove them (hawkers). The executive engineer and the SHO (station house officer) should personally ensure that there are no encroachments..If you have to fence the area, you put up a board of “no hawking, no vending,” a bench of justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh said.
Deputy superintendent Meena told the investigating officer that they conducted an inspection inside Gujjar’s cell on April 3 afternoon and found a cell phone, a data cable, and a knife.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT file photo)
Deputy superintendent Meena told the investigating officer that they conducted an inspection inside Gujjar’s cell on April 3 afternoon and found a cell phone, a data cable, and a knife.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT file photo)

Delhi HC orders CBI probe into Ankit Gujjar’s ‘custodial killing’

By Richa Banka, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2021 02:16 AM IST
The judge said that if the allegations of extortion by Gujjar’s family are correct, “it is a very serious offence which requires in-depth investigation”. She said the injuries on Gujjar’s body indicated that he was “brutally beaten” and “left unattended”.
Representational Image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Representational Image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Delhi HC transfers Ankit Gujjar’s death probe to CBI

UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2021 11:58 AM IST
The 14-page order said that Gujjar’s case calls for immediate remedial actions by the state so that “unscrupulous officers” at jail do not take advantage of the non-working CCTVs to indulge in illegal activities
53 people died and hundreds were injured in the northeast Delhi riots in February last year. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
53 people died and hundreds were injured in the northeast Delhi riots in February last year. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Why two charge sheets on same Delhi riots complaint, court asks Delhi Police

By Richa Banka, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2021 01:37 AM IST
The question of law here, essentially, becomes of how the proceedings against the accused in the second case can continue when they have been discharged in the first one, for the same sections of the crime in the same jurisdiction, additional sessions judge Yadav said.
The bench said that the Delhi government cannot be seen as dithering in providing infrastructure and other facilities for functioning of trial courts through hybrid mode, adding that “this is a bullet which they have to bite”.(File Photo)
The bench said that the Delhi government cannot be seen as dithering in providing infrastructure and other facilities for functioning of trial courts through hybrid mode, adding that “this is a bullet which they have to bite”.(File Photo)

Delhi HC tells govt to ensure court infra upgraded

By Richa Banka, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 07, 2021 02:19 AM IST
Noting that “access to justice is the right of every citizen”, a bench of justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh said that hearings over video conferencing may continue for an indefinite period as Covid-19 is not showing any signs of subsiding.
Afghan nationals at a protest outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Delhi. (REUTERS)
Afghan nationals at a protest outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Delhi. (REUTERS)

Delhi HC asks officials to reduce number of Afghans protesting outside UN office

By Richa Banka, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2021 02:23 AM IST
The Delhi HC was hearing a plea by the residents of Vasant Vihar seeking removal of Afghan protestors outside the UNHCR office in the area
At least 50 people were killed and over 700 injured during the riots in northeast Delhi last year. (AP)
At least 50 people were killed and over 700 injured during the riots in northeast Delhi last year. (AP)

‘Protest fundamental in democracy’: Bail for 5 booked in Delhi riots cases

By Richa Banka, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2021 02:02 AM IST
In five separate verdicts, Justice Subramonium Prasad of the Delhi high court said no substantial evidence has been obtained against the accused to keep them in prolonged incarceration
The gangster’s family have named Tihar deputy superintendent Narendra Meena, three constables, and an assistant superintendent, in the FIR. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Archive)
The gangster’s family have named Tihar deputy superintendent Narendra Meena, three constables, and an assistant superintendent, in the FIR. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Archive)

Gangter’s death in Tihar cell: HC says injuries point to torture during custody

By Richa Banka, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2021 04:43 AM IST
Justice Mukta Gupta, while hearing a plea by Gujjar’s mother who demanded a CBI probe into the alleged murder of her son, said the statements by the eye witnesses given to the police indicated that he was not only beaten, but CCTV was also shut by errant jail officials during the incident.
The court noted that beat constable Gyan Singh never bothered to report about the incident/accused persons at Dayalpur police station
The court noted that beat constable Gyan Singh never bothered to report about the incident/accused persons at Dayalpur police station

Court pulls up police, labels probe a ‘colossal waste of taxpayers’ money’

By Richa Banka, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2021 04:55 AM IST
Additional sessions judge Vinod Yadav said the case was a colossal wastage of the hard-earned money of taxpayers as the investigating agency showed no intent to probe the matter.
The plea challenged appointment of Rakesh Asthana as Delhi Police commissioner. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
The plea challenged appointment of Rakesh Asthana as Delhi Police commissioner. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Delhi high court seeks Centre's reply on Rakesh Asthana’s selection

By Richa Banka, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2021 05:04 AM IST
  • On August 25, the apex court gave Bhushan the liberty to file an intervening application in the high court after it was informed that a similar matter was pending there. It has adjourned the matter for two weeks.
The court was hearing a plea by Vasant Vihar Residents’ Welfare Association seeking the removal of the protesters on the grounds that they were inconveniencing residents. (Reuters)
The court was hearing a plea by Vasant Vihar Residents’ Welfare Association seeking the removal of the protesters on the grounds that they were inconveniencing residents. (Reuters)

Centre to reply on removal of Afghans on stir in Vasant Vihar

By Richa Banka, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2021 05:16 AM IST
  • Justice Rekha Palli said the lives of people in the city cannot be “endangered” just because removing protesters will have international consequences.
The petitions say the IT Rules impose government with “vague conditions as good taste, decency and prohibition of half-truths” in regulating news media.
The petitions say the IT Rules impose government with “vague conditions as good taste, decency and prohibition of half-truths” in regulating news media.

Digital media reach wider, can threaten democratic rights: Govt

By Richa Banka, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2021 04:40 AM IST
The government made the stand in an affidavit filed in the Delhi high court on Monday, opposing a bunch of pleas by a number of digital media platforms challenging the Information Technology Rules 2021.
The north-east Delhi riots were one of the deadliest riots the Capital has seen, leaving 53 dead and hundreds injured (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
The north-east Delhi riots were one of the deadliest riots the Capital has seen, leaving 53 dead and hundreds injured (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

‘Very poor’ standard of probe in many riots cases, says Delhi court

By Richa Banka, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2021 06:09 AM IST
Additional sessions judge Vinod Yadav, in an August 28 order, said the police officers concerned (the investigating officers, or IOs) do not appear before the court, either physically or through video-conferencing while charges are being framed.
Communal riots had broken out in north east Delhi last year, claiming 53 lives and leaving over 400 injured.(Sanchit Khanna/HT file photo)
Communal riots had broken out in north east Delhi last year, claiming 53 lives and leaving over 400 injured.(Sanchit Khanna/HT file photo)

Delhi court terms northeast Delhi riots case probe ‘callous’, ‘inefficient’

By Richa Banka, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2021 02:04 AM IST
Additional sessions judge Vinod Yadav said that “prima facie there is enough material on record to frame charges against one Rohit for unlawful assembly, rioting, house trespass, theft, mischief with fire”.
A general view of Karawal Nagar, a year after the 2020 Delhi riots.(Amal KS / HT Photo)
A general view of Karawal Nagar, a year after the 2020 Delhi riots.(Amal KS / HT Photo)

Cops probing north-east Delhi riots case without knowing details: City court

By Richa Banka, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2021 01:06 AM IST
Additional sessions judge Amitabh Rawat said instead of investigating the complaint given by a man named Salim, the police were more interested in looking into the identity of the complainant and the accused.
Hindu Raksha Dal leader Pinky Chaudhary.(ANI Photo)
Hindu Raksha Dal leader Pinky Chaudhary.(ANI Photo)

No HC relief to Hindu Raksha Dal chief Pinky Chaudhary in hate slogans case

By Richa Banka, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2021 12:34 AM IST
Justice Mukta Gupta of the Delhi high court sought a status report from the Delhi Police and said, “Prima facie, there are all kinds of slogans and speeches being given. Let the status report be given.”
Delhi L-G Anil Baijal.(HT file)
Delhi L-G Anil Baijal.(HT file)

LG reply sought on plea questioning choice of lawyers

By Richa Banka, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2021 12:49 AM IST
The Delhi government has challenged the LG’s July 23 order by which he has invoked the proviso to Article 239-AA(4) of the Constitution to refer to the President the matter of appointment of Delhi Police’s chosen advocates as SPPs in cases related to the farmers’ agitation and February 2020 riots in north-east Delhi.
Delhi high court.
Delhi high court.

Right to be forgotten, left alone inherent aspects of privacy: HC

By Richa Banka, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 26, 2021 11:28 PM IST
Justice Asha Menon, on Monday (August 23), made the assertions while accepting an unnamed actress’ plea for removal of her nude videos from Youtube and other web portals by the next date of hearing.
Representational image
Representational image

Online gambling threat, can’t make profit at the cost of young lives: Delhi HC

By Richa Banka, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2021 04:56 AM IST
Despite the presence of various provisions under the law, a large number of websites providing gambling, betting and wagering games continued to be accessible in the country, the petitioner said
HT Image
HT Image

Delhi high court awards 20 lakh to man rendered 100% disabled after falling from power pole

By Richa Banka, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 26, 2021 12:04 AM IST
The Delhi high court on Wednesday granted 20 lakh as compensation to a 28-year-old man, who was rendered fully disabled after falling off an electricity pole while fixing a fault in Bijwasan area in 2014
The court, while passing the recent order, observed that it cannot allow people to reside in guest houses or any other place other than their own house.(HT FILE)
The court, while passing the recent order, observed that it cannot allow people to reside in guest houses or any other place other than their own house.(HT FILE)

Hand over keys to residential section of Markaz in 2 days: Delhi HC

By Richa Banka, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 24, 2021 12:23 AM IST
  • Appearing for the prosecution, advocate Amit Ahlawat said the residents were, at the relevant time, living in violation of the Covid-19 protocols.
Videos of the anti-Muslim sloganeering were circulated widely on social media, which triggered outrage and resulted in the Delhi Police registering a case on August 9.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Videos of the anti-Muslim sloganeering were circulated widely on social media, which triggered outrage and resulted in the Delhi Police registering a case on August 9.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

Not Taliban state, says court; denies bail to accused in hate slogans case

By Richa Banka, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2021 12:17 AM IST
The video was placed as evidence before the court by the police who opposed Chaudhary’s pre-arrest bail plea.
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