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Upgrading schools beyond Delhi Development Authority’s mandate: High Court

The ruling will open the path for the private schools to expand their areas and create more infrastructure

The Delhi high court’s judgment comes on an appeal by DDA against an earlier single judge order that ruled in favour of the schools. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jun 09, 2023 03:20 AM IST

Atishi gets clearance to attend Cambridge University conference

Atishi has been invited to speak at the Cambridge University conference titled “India at 100: Towards Becoming a Global Leader” on June 15.

Delhi education minister Atishi. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 07, 2023 02:08 PM IST

Manish Sisodia denied bail, but gets Delhi HC’s nod to visit ailing wife

The court said that the charges against the former Delhi deputy chief minister were “extremely serious”

AAP leader Manish Sisodia at his residence on June 3. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2023 02:39 AM IST

From Seoul with law: Delhi’s South Korean lawyer says he read IPC to help parent

A landmark verdict by the Delhi high court paved the way for Jung to be the first ever foreign national to be part of Bar Council of India

Daeyoung Jung said he first started thinking about pursuing law when his father was allegedly harassed by their landlord in Delhi, when they started a Korean eatery. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2023 01:59 PM IST

Manish Sisodia’s plea for interim bail rejected; HC lets him meet ailing wife

The Delhi high court rejected Manish Sisodia’s plea for interim bail and ruled that he could meet his ailing wife on any day at home or hospital

Former Delhi deputy chief minister and AAP leader Manish Sisodia was permitted by Delhi high court to go home to visit his ailing wife (HT File Photo/Raj K Raj)
Updated on Jun 05, 2023 05:13 PM IST

Delhi HC hears fresh arguments on Sisodia’s interim bail plea, reserves order

The Delhi high court has asked the Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Hospital to file a fresh medical report of Manish Sisodia’s wife by Saturday evening

The court was informed that while Sisodia was taken to meet his wife on Saturday, she was admitted to the LNJP hospital due to her deteriorating health condition. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 03, 2023 05:53 PM IST

Delhi HC allows Sisodia to meet ailing wife at his residence

Delhi High Court allows former deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia to visit his ailing wife at home, while reserving its judgment on his bail plea in a money laundering case.

Former Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia had sought interim bail in two cases related to the excise policy on the grounds of deteriorating health of his wife, who is suffering from multiple sclerosis. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 11:33 PM IST

Aaftab beat my sister: Walkar’s brother to Delhi court

Shradha Walkar’s brother Shreejay told the court that his sister refused to stay with her family though they tried to persuade her to return.

Aaftab Poonwala is accused of murdering his girlfriend Shradha Walkar and cutting her body into five pieces in May 2022. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 12:07 AM IST

Excise case: Delhi court allows second accused to turn approver

Sarath Reddy is the second person to turn approver in the case after Dinesh Arora, an alleged aide of former deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia

A liquor shop after the Delhi government introduced the 2021-22 excise policy. (ANI file)
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 12:04 AM IST

‘Can’t give clean chit to yourself’: Delhi HC to Ashneer Grover, declines relief

The high court declined to halt the police investigation against BharatPe co-founder Ashneer Grover and his wife Madhuri Jain Grover in a case filed against them by the fintech unicorn

Ashneer Grover and his wife Madhuri Jain Grover petitioned the Delhi high court against the criminal case filed by the Delhi police on a complaint by BharatPe (Twitter/Ashneer_Grover)
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 05:29 PM IST

‘Aaftab Poonawala would beat her up’, Shraddha Walkar's brother to Delhi court

“We again tried to reason with her and that she should not be in this relationship and she should come back home,” says Shraddha Walkar's brother Shreejay.

Aaftab Poonawala, 28, allegedly sawed Shraddha Walkar’s body into 35 pieces and kept them in a 300-litre fridge for almost three weeks at his residence in south Delhi’s Mehrauli before dumping them across the city over several days. (File)
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 06:50 AM IST
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Delhi HC rejects Manish Sisodia’s bail plea, calls charges against him serious

Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma cited Sisodia’s position as the former deputy chief minister in charge of 18 portfolios and added the witnesses are mostly public servants and could be influenced

AAP leader Manish Sisodia. (ANI)
Updated on May 30, 2023 11:59 AM IST

BrahMos missile misfiring into Pakistan cost India 24 crore, Centre tells court

Opposing a petition by Wing Commander Abhinav Sharma against his termination from service, the Centresaid the trial of three officers was “inexpedient”.

BrahMos precision strike missile succesfully launched by Ship by the Indian Navy, in the Arabian Sea, on March 5, 2023. (PTI Photo)(PTI)
Updated on May 30, 2023 05:16 AM IST

‘Can’t compare Yasin Malik to Osama bin Laden’: Delhi high court on NIA argument

Solicitor general Tushar Mehta, appearing for NIA, sought the death penalty for Yasin Malik, stressing that the crimes that he has committed fall within the definition of the rarest of the rare crimes

New Delhi: Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik at Patiala House court on May 25, 2022, minutes before he was sentenced to life (PTI)
Updated on May 29, 2023 05:27 PM IST

Delhi HC dismisses plea against exchange of 2000 notes without ID proof

On May 19, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced the withdrawal of ₹2,000 currency notes from circulation

A detailed order was awaited. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 29, 2023 11:23 AM IST

Remove defamatory contents against LuLu Group chairman: Delhi HC directs website

The high court directed Skariah to take down forthwith all/any content published by it on any platform/social media platforms including that on YouTube in relation to Kader within the next 24 hours

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on May 27, 2023 12:56 PM IST

Relief for Uber, Rapido as Delhi HC stays AAP govt's ban on bike taxis

The state government’s notifications in February this year had banned all such operators offering any bike-taxi services in the Capital.

The petitioners said that no reason or rationale has been provided by the state government’s transport department for imposing such a ban. (PTI)
Updated on May 27, 2023 07:22 AM IST

Withdrawal of 2000 note only currency management exercise: RBI to Delhi HC

RBI had on May 19 announced the withdrawal of ₹2,000 currency notes from circulation. The central bank has asked banks to provide deposit and exchange facilities for ₹2,000 notes until September 30, 2023

RBI had on May 19 announced the withdrawal of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2,000 currency notes from circulation (Representative/File Photo)
Updated on May 26, 2023 01:42 PM IST

Delhi high court dismisses Gandhis’, AAP pleas against I-T assessment transfer

The three Congress leaders opposed the transfer of the tax assessment to the central circle in 2021, arguing that only the rarest of cases go out of faceless assessment.

Former president Sonia Gandhi, party leader Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had petitioned the high court against the income tax department’s order (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 26, 2023 01:32 PM IST

Sisodia withdraws interim bail pleas pending before Delhi high court

Additional solicitor-general SV Raju, who appeared for the CBI, objected to the withdrawal calling it malafide

Manish Sisodia. (PTI)
Updated on May 24, 2023 04:26 PM IST

Delhi HC rejects former Gujarat IPS officer’s plea against dismissal

Gujarat IPS officer Satish Chandra Verma assisted Gujarat special investigation team (SIT) in the high-profile Ishrat Jahan case of 2004 between April 2010 and October 2011

Gujarat IPS officer Satish Chandra Verma (Twitter Photo)
Updated on May 24, 2023 02:16 PM IST

DU scholar debarred over BBC film back in HC, says can’t submit PhD thesis

Lokesh Chugh was debarred by DU on March 10 from taking any university exam for his alleged role in screening a BBC documentary on the 2002 Gujarat riots on January 27

The Delhi high court ordered Delhi university to respond to DU scholar Lokesh Chugh’s petition over submission of his PhD thesis (File Photo)
Updated on May 24, 2023 02:07 PM IST

Delhi HC stays rule to prevent indiscriminate tree pruning

The court’s decision follows a petition filed by a professor and doctor who said that 800 trees in Vasant Viharhad been pruned or lopped off

The court stayed clause 5 of the pruning guidelines, which says that no permission from the tree office was required for regular pruning/general tending of branches up to girth size of 15.7cm, and that the work could be done by civic agencies at regular intervals. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 24, 2023 12:17 AM IST

HC sets aside Delhi mayor’s order to hold repoll for civic body panel

The court directed mayor Shelly Oberoi to declare the results to the polls conducted on February 24.

Justice Purushaindra Kaurav said that mayor Shelly Oberoi’s decision to reject the ballot of one of the persons was bad in law. (PTI)
Updated on May 24, 2023 12:07 AM IST

Delhi HC sets aside mayor’s decision to call re-poll for MCD standing committee

The Delhi high court has also directed mayor Shelly Oberoi to forthwith declare the election results as per the voting held on February 24

Delhi mayor Shelly Oberoi. (File)
Updated on May 23, 2023 03:25 PM IST

Delhi HC issues notice to BBC over documentary

The Delhi High Court has issued a notice to the BBC on a suit filed by an NGO alleging that its documentary, "India: The Modi Question," defames Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian judiciary. The NGO has sought damages of INR 10,000 crore ($1.4 billion) on account of the "loss of reputation and goodwill caused to the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, the Government of India, the Government of the State of Gujarat as it was during the period of the Gujarat Riots, and also the people of India."

The two-part documentary relates to the 2002 Gujarat riots, when Narendra Modi was the chief minister of the state (ANI/ PIB)
Updated on May 23, 2023 12:01 AM IST
By, New Delhi

It is very scary, says Delhi high court on city schools getting bomb threats

Justice Prathiba M Singh told the authorities that they should at least find out how these bomb threats to Delhi schools were being made

Delhi Police's Bomb Detection Team arrives at the premises of Delhi Public School at Mathura Road after the school authorities received a bomb threat on April 26 (HT File Photo/Sanjeev Verma)
Updated on May 22, 2023 04:53 PM IST

Don’t allow exchange of 2000 notes without ID proof: Petition in Delhi HC

Ashwini Upadhyay said the decision to permit the exchange of ₹2,000 banknotes without a requisition slip and identity proof was arbitrary and irrational

RBI on Friday announced withdrawal of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2,000 currency notes from circulation and gave public time till September 30 to either deposit such notes in accounts or exchange them at banks (PTI)
Updated on May 22, 2023 01:30 PM IST

Defamation suit over Modi documentary: Delhi High Court issues notice to BBC

The government dismissed the documentary based on the 2002 Gujarat riots when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the state’s chief minister as “propaganda”

The government dismissed the documentary as “propaganda”. (AFP)
Updated on May 22, 2023 02:21 PM IST

HC says no one should fear for life, grants protection to sexual assault survivor

Justice Jasmeet Singh of the Delhi high court passed the order on May 12 while hearing the minor’s plea for protection citing the threats from the accused for withdrawing the case

The court will hear the matter next on May 23. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on May 22, 2023 12:12 PM IST
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