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Court dismisses pleas by six Air India pilots over termination

Only statutory contracts can be enforced under Article 226 of the Constitution, said the court.

 (REUTERS)
(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 02, 2022 01:47 AM IST

Zubair denies posting content for popularity, says disclosure statement false

Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair, who is under investigation for an allegedly objectionable tweet he made in 2018, on Monday denied the claims of Delhi Police.

AltNews co-founder Mohammed Zubair (ANI)
AltNews co-founder Mohammed Zubair (ANI)
Updated on Nov 01, 2022 02:24 AM IST

ED opposes Jacqueline’s bail plea, says she’s at flight risk

Enforcement Directorate also said that since actress Jacqueline Fernandez has a “deep pocket” and is “economically sound”, she can interfere with ongoing probe.

Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez leaves after appearing before the Patiala House court in connection with <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>200 crore money laundering case linked to alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar. (HT Photo)
Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez leaves after appearing before the Patiala House court in connection with 200 crore money laundering case linked to alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 22, 2022 11:52 PM IST

Before release, Ram Setu gets high court’s piracy shield against rogue websites

The Cape of Good Films, which co-produced ‘Ram Setu’ along with Amazon Prime Video, listed what it said were 23 “rogue websites” whose whole business model is designed around providing members of the public unauthorised access to copyright content

In the film Ram Setu, Akshay Kumar plays an archaeologist who is on a mission to discover and save the Ram Setu (Twitter/akshaykumar)
In the film Ram Setu, Akshay Kumar plays an archaeologist who is on a mission to discover and save the Ram Setu (Twitter/akshaykumar)
Updated on Oct 20, 2022 09:42 PM IST

Agnipath will ensure ‘more robust’ national security, Centre tells Delhi HC

Recruitment in the army is an essential sovereign function for upholding national security, the Union government has told the Delhi high court while defending the Agnipath hiring scheme for the defence forces, asking the court to not interfere with the policy.

The Rashtriya Rifles conducts a preparatory session for Agnipath aspirants in J&K. (ANI)
The Rashtriya Rifles conducts a preparatory session for Agnipath aspirants in J&K. (ANI)
Updated on Oct 19, 2022 04:56 AM IST

Delhi HC rejects Umar Khalid’s bail plea, says allegations ‘prima facie true’

Denying Khalid’s bail application, the HC said that the planned protest was “not a typical protest” which is normal in political culture or democracy but was “one far more destructive and injurious geared towards extremely grave consequences”.

Umar Khalid was arrested on September 13, 2020 by the Delhi Police special cell. (HT File)
Umar Khalid was arrested on September 13, 2020 by the Delhi Police special cell. (HT File)
Published on Oct 19, 2022 12:09 AM IST

SC dismisses Meta, WhatsApp pleas over privacy policy probe

A bench of justices MR Shah and Sudhanshu Dhulia, while dismissing the appeals against the Delhi high court’s August order said CCI is an independent authority and can take up any violation of the Competition Act, 2002.

Supreme Court.(HT_PRINT)
Supreme Court.(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Oct 15, 2022 05:30 AM IST

Legal fraternity backs setting up of constitution bench to decide Hijab issue

Senior advocate Geeta Luthra said that the Supreme Court has raised a pertinent question regarding whether the right to practice religion can intertwine with the right and autonomy of educational institutions to decide their uniform.

Lawyers’ body All India Bar Association (AIBA) wrote to the Chief justice of India (CJI) on Thursday, favouring a constitution bench of at least five judges, including one Muslim judge. (PTI)
Lawyers’ body All India Bar Association (AIBA) wrote to the Chief justice of India (CJI) on Thursday, favouring a constitution bench of at least five judges, including one Muslim judge. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 14, 2022 07:15 AM IST

Delhi court puts Olympian Sushil Kumar, 17 others to murder trial for killing co-wrestler

Wrestler Sagar Dhankar and two others were allegedly abducted and beaten by Olympian Sushil Kumar from Delhi’s Chhatrasal Stadium on May 4, 2021. Dhankad later succumbed to his injuries.

Sushil Kumar was arrested on May 23, 2021 on charges of murder and is currently in judicial custody. (HT File)
Sushil Kumar was arrested on May 23, 2021 on charges of murder and is currently in judicial custody. (HT File)
Published on Oct 13, 2022 12:13 AM IST

Satyendar Jain’s plea against transfer of trial rejected by Delhi high court

The court’s order came on a petition by Jain and other accused in which they had challenged the verdict by the trial court last week transferring the money laundering case from special judge Geetanjali Goel to special judge Vikas Dhull.

ED has accused Delhi minister Satyendar Jain of having laundered money through four companies allegedly linked to him and where he was holding shares, while amassing disproportionate income. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
ED has accused Delhi minister Satyendar Jain of having laundered money through four companies allegedly linked to him and where he was holding shares, while amassing disproportionate income. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 02, 2022 02:42 AM IST

Sharjeel gets bail in Jamia speech case, to stay in jail

On Monday, the Delhi high court asked the trial court to also take into consideration the Supreme Court’s order of keeping the offence of sedition in abeyance and decide the application for default bail

Sharjeel Imam. (REUTERS)
Sharjeel Imam. (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 01, 2022 02:07 AM IST

‘Apathy of authorities’: Delhi HC issues guidelines for functioning of child care institutions

The judgment comes on a plea by a man seeking a magisterial enquiry into an incident concerning the escape of his daughter and four other girls from a children’s home in the city on March 27, 2021, and other similar incidents reported in the past.

In its ruling, the court said that security measures cannot be limited to CCTVs and security guards, especially in view of how children are also entitled to their right to privacy and confidentiality. (File)
In its ruling, the court said that security measures cannot be limited to CCTVs and security guards, especially in view of how children are also entitled to their right to privacy and confidentiality. (File)
Published on Sep 30, 2022 12:04 AM IST

AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan gets bail in Delhi Waqf Board case

Granting relief to Khan, the judge said that there was no material on record to show that the grant-in-aid received by the Waqf Board in waqf funds were in Khan’s exclusive domain

AAP Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan was arrested for alleged irregularities in the Delhi Waqf Board. Khan is the chairman of the board. (HT Photo)
AAP Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan was arrested for alleged irregularities in the Delhi Waqf Board. Khan is the chairman of the board. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 29, 2022 02:20 AM IST

Delhi HC restrains AAP, its 5 leaders from levelling allegations against LG

Reacting to the court’s verdict, Saxena tweeted, “Satyameva Jayate (truth alone triumphs)”. The AAP, meanwhile, said in a statement that it respects the judgement “but under no circumstances can we be deterred from raising matters of corruption against any powerful individual”.

The high court also said Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution affords the right of freedom of speech and expression to all persons, however, the same is subject to restrictions under Article 19(2), which includes defamation. (File)
The high court also said Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution affords the right of freedom of speech and expression to all persons, however, the same is subject to restrictions under Article 19(2), which includes defamation. (File)
Published on Sep 27, 2022 11:45 PM IST

Delhi court reserves order in Amanatullah bail plea

New Delhi A Delhi court on Tuesday sought to know from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) how the public exchequer had incurred a loss due to the alleged financial irregularities at the Delhi Waqf Board, as it reserved its order on the bail plea of Aam Aadmi Party legislator Amanatullah Khan

HT Image
HT Image
Published on Sep 27, 2022 11:31 PM IST

Delhi HC directs AAP leaders to remove defamatory posts against LG Saxena

A single judge bench of justice Amit Bansal said prima facie statements, interviews, press conferences, tweets, re-tweets, and hashtags of Atishi, Saurabh Bharadwaj, Durgesh Pathak, Sanjay Singh, and Jasmine Shah were per se defamatory

The court said Saxena is a constitutional authority and cannot be subjected to personal attacks. (HT PHOTO)
The court said Saxena is a constitutional authority and cannot be subjected to personal attacks. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 28, 2022 12:46 AM IST

Delhi HC asks AAP leaders to take down posts defaming Lieutenant Governor

Pressing civil defamation charges, LG Saxena had sought to restrain the ruling Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi.

(File) Vinai Kumar Saxena speaks to the media. 
(File) Vinai Kumar Saxena speaks to the media. 
Published on Sep 27, 2022 11:07 AM IST

Delhi court grants Jacqueline Fernandez bail in 200-cr extortion case

Granting temporary relief to Fernandez, special judge Shailendra Malik allowed her interim bail plea at a personal and surety bond ₹50,000.

Jacqueline Fernandez leaves the Patiala House court in New Delhi after the court granted her interim bail on September 26. (ANI)
Jacqueline Fernandez leaves the Patiala House court in New Delhi after the court granted her interim bail on September 26. (ANI)
Updated on Sep 27, 2022 02:29 AM IST

Delhi LG sues AAP, its five leaders for defamation, seeks 2 crore in damages

Seeking damages to the tune of ₹2 crore, the Delhi LG told the court that the party [AAP], with a carefully planned motive, had made these allegations to divert the people’s attention from the action being taken by the law enforcement agencies against its senior leaders.

Saxena urged the Delhi high court on Thursday that the AAP leaders should be ordered to delete their “false and libellous” posts or tweets or videos circulated and issued on social media. (Twitter photo)
Saxena urged the Delhi high court on Thursday that the AAP leaders should be ordered to delete their “false and libellous” posts or tweets or videos circulated and issued on social media. (Twitter photo)
Published on Sep 22, 2022 11:52 PM IST

Delhi HC allows minor to terminate pregnancy, asks police to keep report confidential

The Delhi high court has allowed a minor to terminate her pregnancy of over 18 weeks out of a “consensual relationship”, while clarifying that even though the matter is reported to the police, any report registered by them must be kept in a sealed cover and would be subject to the outcome of the petition

Delhi HC allows minor to terminate pregnancy, asks police to keep report confidential
Delhi HC allows minor to terminate pregnancy, asks police to keep report confidential
Updated on Sep 22, 2022 11:41 PM IST

Can’t let Rohingya travel to a third country, Union govt tells Delhi HC

The affidavit was filed on September 20, in response to a petition from Senoara Begum, a woman from Myanmar and her three children who are living in India, challenging the decision of the Union home ministry and FRRO refusing their exit permit applications to leave India and travel to the United States

A view inside the Rohingya refugee camp at Kalindi Kunj, in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT file photo)
A view inside the Rohingya refugee camp at Kalindi Kunj, in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT file photo)
Updated on Sep 22, 2022 07:30 AM IST

Amanantullah in court

New Delhi: A city court on Wednesday sent Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Amanatullah Khan to five days custodial interrogation of the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) in connection to alleged irregularities, including financial misappropriation, at the Delhi Waqf Board

AAP MLA from Okhla Amanatullah Khan has been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) in connection with alleged irregularities in the Delhi Waqf Board. (HT Photo)
AAP MLA from Okhla Amanatullah Khan has been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) in connection with alleged irregularities in the Delhi Waqf Board. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 21, 2022 11:41 PM IST

Delhi HC to pass interim order on plea by mother of pregnant minor girl

Section 19(1) of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act mandates that the doctor has to inform the local police before terminating the pregnancy of a minor.

HC to pass interim order on plea by mother of pregnant minor girl
HC to pass interim order on plea by mother of pregnant minor girl
Updated on Sep 21, 2022 07:04 AM IST

AAP’s Amanatullah Khan sent to four-day ACB custody

Khan was sent to four days of custodial interrogation of the ACB for his involvement in alleged irregularities, including financial misappropriation, at the Delhi Waqf Board. The court said the Okhla MLA’s bail application would be considered after the end of his four-day custody.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Amanatullah Khan after coming out of a Delhi court on Saturday. (ANI)
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Amanatullah Khan after coming out of a Delhi court on Saturday. (ANI)
Published on Sep 17, 2022 10:31 PM IST

Zubair's devices still under probe: Delhi Police tell court

Data is to be recovered from these devices, and is to be analysed with respect to the tweet in question and other similar natured tweets done by accused Mohd Zubair, the Special Cell said in its report.

Alt News co-founder Mohammad Zubair comes out of Tihar Jail after being granted interim bail by the SC in all FIRs lodged against him in UP, on July 20. (PTI)
Alt News co-founder Mohammad Zubair comes out of Tihar Jail after being granted interim bail by the SC in all FIRs lodged against him in UP, on July 20. (PTI)
Published on Sep 16, 2022 04:02 AM IST

Delhi HC gives Swamy six weeks to vacate house alloted over security threat

BJP leader and former Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy had sought re-allotment of the accommodation after the lapse of five years.

BJP's Subramanian Swamy.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
BJP's Subramanian Swamy.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 14, 2022 02:09 PM IST

No interviews for non-minority students, admissions on basis of CUET, HC tells St Stephen’s

The special rights of the minority institutions cannot be extended to their non-minority students, the Delhi high court said on Monday, while directing St Stephen’s College to admit non-Christian undergraduate students on the basis of the Delhi University’s (DU’s) common university entrance test (CUET), clarifying no interviews will be conducted for them

New Delhi, India - July 6, 2015: A View of St.Stephen's College at Delhi University in New Delhi, India, on Monday, July 6, 2015. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
New Delhi, India - July 6, 2015: A View of St.Stephen's College at Delhi University in New Delhi, India, on Monday, July 6, 2015. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Published on Sep 12, 2022 11:48 PM IST

Delhi High court judge roasts babudom, calls them a major impediment to growth

Justice Chandra Dhari Singh said the fact that top officials ordered to appear before the court were not just a no-show but also did not bother to seek more time. “This clearly depicts the high-headedness of the officials,” the high court said

The Delhi high court recalled that it had ordered officials to decide an application filed by a farmer more than 30 years ago but there had been no action (Mint File Photo/Pradeep Gaur)
The Delhi high court recalled that it had ordered officials to decide an application filed by a farmer more than 30 years ago but there had been no action (Mint File Photo/Pradeep Gaur)
Updated on Sep 13, 2022 05:39 AM IST

Delhi HC stays Lokpal proceedings against Shibu Soren in DA case

The Delhi high court said the matter required consideration and stayed the proceedings till the next hearing on December 14

Shibu Soren has challenged the proceedings and order of the Lokayukta directing preliminary inquiry by CBI on the grounds of jurisdiction. (File/PTI)
Shibu Soren has challenged the proceedings and order of the Lokayukta directing preliminary inquiry by CBI on the grounds of jurisdiction. (File/PTI)
Published on Sep 12, 2022 01:23 PM IST

No interviews for non-Christians in St Stephen’s, CUET score enough: Delhi HC

The bench, however, said that Delhi University (DU) cannot insist upon a single merit list for admission of candidates belonging to Christian community regardless of any denomination

DU and St Stephen’s College are at loggerheads over the admission policy. (HT Photo)
DU and St Stephen’s College are at loggerheads over the admission policy. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 12, 2022 12:25 PM IST
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