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WhatsApp privacy policy puts users in ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ situation: Delhi HC

The court noted that the 2016-privacy update had given an “opt-out” option that primarily led to CCI rendering its conclusion that the 2016 policy did not violate the Competition Act.

WhatsApp’s new privacy policy shares sensitive data with its parent company Facebook (now Meta) and virtually forces users into agreement by providing a mirage of choice, the Delhi high court has said while refusing to halt CCI investigation into the instant messaging platform’s policy. (Representative use)
WhatsApp’s new privacy policy shares sensitive data with its parent company Facebook (now Meta) and virtually forces users into agreement by providing a mirage of choice, the Delhi high court has said while refusing to halt CCI investigation into the instant messaging platform’s policy. (Representative use)
Updated on Aug 27, 2022 02:27 AM IST

Delhi high court dismisses plea against probe into WhatsApp’s privacy policy

A bench of chief justice Satish Chandra Sharma and justice Subramonium Prasad upheld an order of a single judge bench even as a detailed order was awaited

The CCI initiated proceedings on its own over the privacy policy in March 2021. (HT PHOTO)
The CCI initiated proceedings on its own over the privacy policy in March 2021. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 25, 2022 11:19 AM IST

Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia exonerated in 2013 defamation case

In the case filed by late lawyer Surendra Sharma, Kejriwal and Sisodia's former AAP colleague, Yogendra Yadav, too, received a clean chit from the court.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal interacts with Deputy CM Manish Sisodia at the 'Har Hath Tiranga' program on the eve of Independence Day 2022, in New Delhi.. (ANI Photo)
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal interacts with Deputy CM Manish Sisodia at the 'Har Hath Tiranga' program on the eve of Independence Day 2022, in New Delhi.. (ANI Photo)
Published on Aug 21, 2022 05:22 AM IST

Giving birth in jail would be traumatic, will impact child: Delhi HC

Therefore, the court granted three-months interim bail to a woman accused of physically assaulting a couple for marrying against the wishes of the family.

Delhi high court. (Archive)
Delhi high court. (Archive)
Updated on Aug 20, 2022 04:33 AM IST

Don’t mislead public on allopathy: Delhi HC to Ramdev

The court directed the yoga guru to refrain from making unsubstantiated claims while speaking in favour of Patanjali product Coronil.

Ramdev (File Photo/ANI)
Ramdev (File Photo/ANI)
Published on Aug 18, 2022 04:47 AM IST

Delhi HC orders FIR against BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain in rape case

Justice Asha Menon said the police have a lot to explain for not having registered the FIR on the receipt of the complaint from the police commissioner in June 2018

The Delhi high court (File Photo)(Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
The Delhi high court (File Photo)(Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
Published on Aug 18, 2022 01:25 AM IST

Delhi high court says IOA must hold elections within the next 16 weeks

The court pulls up the apex sports body for not being in compliance with the National Sports Code

Indian Olympic Association
Indian Olympic Association
Published on Aug 17, 2022 07:07 AM IST

Customers perceive service charge as govt levy: Delhi HC

Instead of taking service charge ‘separately’, eateries increase the price of the food in the menu, the Delhi high court suggested on Tuesday.

The Delhi high court said service charge is “very much connected” to consumers.
The Delhi high court said service charge is “very much connected” to consumers.
Published on Aug 17, 2022 04:49 AM IST

‘Reminded of first Chinese Emperor’s mausoleum’: HC seeks law for sports bodies

The Delhi high court ordered the Centre to not grant recognition or any facility to IOA or any sports federation if they don’t comply with the National Sports Code 2011

The high court order came on a day FIFA suspended AIFF for what was described as “undue influence from third parties”, saying the lifting of the suspension will be subject to repealing of the Committee of Administrators’ (CoA) mandate in full. (HT File Photo)
The high court order came on a day FIFA suspended AIFF for what was described as “undue influence from third parties”, saying the lifting of the suspension will be subject to repealing of the Committee of Administrators’ (CoA) mandate in full. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 16, 2022 09:38 PM IST

Euthanasia visit plea in Delhi HC: ‘Don’t want to trouble patient, but help him’

In her plea, the 49-year-old petitioner has sought the court’s directions to the government against granting “emigration clearance” to her friend, a Noida resident in his 40s, while also seeking to stop him from flying abroad for euthanasia

The plea filed through advocate Subhash Chandran KR, said that the patient was under a method of treatment called fecal microbiota transplantation (also known as stool transplant) in AIIMS at an earlier stage but it could not be continued during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic. (Representational image)
The plea filed through advocate Subhash Chandran KR, said that the patient was under a method of treatment called fecal microbiota transplantation (also known as stool transplant) in AIIMS at an earlier stage but it could not be continued during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic. (Representational image)
Published on Aug 13, 2022 12:06 AM IST

Plea in Delhi HC to prevent man from travelling to Switzerland for euthanasia

In her plea, the 49-year-old petitioner has sought the court’s directions to the government against granting “emigration clearance” to her friend

Assisted suicide has been legal in Switzerland since the 1940s. (HT PHOTO)
Assisted suicide has been legal in Switzerland since the 1940s. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 12, 2022 02:31 PM IST

East Delhi gang rape: Court denies bail to accused man

On January 28, the 21-year-old woman was abducted by at least 11 members of a family in her neighbourhood -- including women and minor boys -- locked in a room where she was gang-raped in front of the women, who later chopped her hair off, blackened her face, put a garland of footwear around her neck, and paraded her through the lanes near their house in Shahdara

Additional sessions judge Amitabh Rawat rejected the contention of the accused that his name was not mentioned in the FIR and said, “FIR is not an encyclopedia of the events but the starting point of the investigation of the offence.” (HT Archive)
Additional sessions judge Amitabh Rawat rejected the contention of the accused that his name was not mentioned in the FIR and said, “FIR is not an encyclopedia of the events but the starting point of the investigation of the offence.” (HT Archive)
Published on Aug 09, 2022 11:52 PM IST

Coal block allocation: Ex-coal secretary HC Gupta gets 3 years in prison

According to the CBI, HC Gupta and two others conspired and cheated the Union government between 2005 and 2011 by fraudulently inducing the coal ministry to allocate the block.

Special judge Arun Bhardwaj also slapped a fine of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>one lakh on Gupta, <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>50,000 on Kropha, and two lakh each on Gupta and GIL. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Special judge Arun Bhardwaj also slapped a fine of one lakh on Gupta, 50,000 on Kropha, and two lakh each on Gupta and GIL. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Aug 09, 2022 12:20 AM IST

Hold daily hearings on appeal against 2G verdict on A Raja, others: CBI asks HC

Former minister A Raja, DMK leader Kanimozhi and 33 others accused in the 2G spectrum allocation case were acquitted by a Delhi court in a harshly worded judgment on December 17, 2017

The Delhi high court heard CBI’s plea to hold daily hearing on its appeal against the Delhi court verdict in the 2G spectrum case
The Delhi high court heard CBI’s plea to hold daily hearing on its appeal against the Delhi court verdict in the 2G spectrum case
Published on Aug 05, 2022 03:40 PM IST

NSE phone tapping case: Court denies bail to ex-Mumbai top cop

Former Mumbai Police commissioner Sanjay Pandey was arrested on July 19 for his alleged involvement in illegal phone tapping of stock market employees between 2009 and 2017.

Former Mumbai Police commissioner Sanjay Pandey. (PTI)
Former Mumbai Police commissioner Sanjay Pandey. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 05, 2022 02:33 AM IST

Sex workers entitled to rights but can’t claim special treatment: HC

New Delhi: A sex worker is entitled to all rights available to a citizen but she cannot claim special treatment on violating the law, the Delhi high court has said while denying bail to a woman accused of human trafficking and flesh trade

HT Image
HT Image
Published on Aug 05, 2022 12:16 AM IST

Can’t evict people overnight without notice: Delhi HC

The court’s remarks came on a plea by the Shakarpur Slum Union, a group of residents of a slum cluster in east Delhi’s Shakarpur district, who had challenged their overnight eviction by the Delhi Development Authority on June 25, 2021.

Can’t evict people overnight without notice: Delhi HC (HT FILE)
Can’t evict people overnight without notice: Delhi HC (HT FILE)
Updated on Aug 04, 2022 02:19 AM IST

Delhi court pulls ED up for ‘wrongly’ linking min Jain with 3 companies

Taking cognizance of the charge sheet filed against Jain, his wife and eight others, including the four companies, special judge Geetanjali Goel asked the agency as to how it could connect the companies with the minister.

Delhi cabinet minister Satyendar Jain. (HT File Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Delhi cabinet minister Satyendar Jain. (HT File Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Jul 30, 2022 05:27 AM IST

Delhi HC directs Cong leaders to remove posts on Irani, daughter

If the Congress leaders do not delete the posts within 24 hours, the court said, social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, should take down the contentious material in view of the “grave injury” caused to Irani, the court added.

Union minister Smriti Irani filed a civil defamation suit through DSK legal in the high court seeking removal of their posts as an interim relief, besides damages to the tune of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2 crore. (HT Photo)
Union minister Smriti Irani filed a civil defamation suit through DSK legal in the high court seeking removal of their posts as an interim relief, besides damages to the tune of 2 crore. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 30, 2022 05:22 AM IST

Don’t consider Lok Nayak report for Jain’s bail: HC tells trial court

New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Thursday restrained a trial court from considering state minister Satyendar Jain’s medical report from Lok Nayak hospital, after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) claimed it may be “biased” and in favour of the legislator

HT Image
HT Image
Published on Jul 29, 2022 04:27 PM IST

The many twists and turns in legal battle for justice in 1997 Uphaar cinema fire

A Delhi court last week upheld the conviction of real estate barons Sushil and Gopal Ansal for tampering with evidence in the 1997 Uphaar cinema fire case but released them, taking note of their “old age and ailments”

Association of The Victims of Uphaar Tragedy' (AVUT) meet for a memorial outside Uphaar cinema hall where a fire killed 59 people in 1997 (HT File Photo)
Association of The Victims of Uphaar Tragedy' (AVUT) meet for a memorial outside Uphaar cinema hall where a fire killed 59 people in 1997 (HT File Photo)
Published on Jul 27, 2022 08:47 AM IST

ED tells Delhi HC Satyender Jain doesn’t require hospitalisation

Jain’s lawyer termed the accusations “baseless” and “inhumane”. The petition was listed for hearing on Tuesday before justice Yogesh Khanna, but the matter could not be heard.

Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain being produced at the Rouse Avenue Court on Tuesday in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain being produced at the Rouse Avenue Court on Tuesday in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 27, 2022 01:22 AM IST

Delhi HC allows UN-affiliated NGO to meet gang rape victim

The NGO, United Sikhs, had moved the high court seeking permission to meet the victim, alleging that their representatives were not allowed to meet and interact with her; the whole area near her parental home was cordoned off by police, the NGO claimed.

It also alleged that the woman’s rights to hire and engage a lawyer of her choice and to be provided legal aid, assistance and guidance for prosecution of crime were denied. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
It also alleged that the woman’s rights to hire and engage a lawyer of her choice and to be provided legal aid, assistance and guidance for prosecution of crime were denied. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Updated on Jul 27, 2022 01:13 AM IST

Patriarchy affecting women’s career progress: Supreme Court judge

Indian society is deeply patriarchal, culturally and economically, and is severely affecting the career progress of working women, Supreme Court justice S Ravindra Bhat said on Saturday.

Supreme Court justice S Ravindra Bhat.
Supreme Court justice S Ravindra Bhat.
Updated on Jul 24, 2022 01:10 AM IST

Uphaar case: Shocked and disappointed by court ruling, says Neelam Krishnamoorthy

New Delhi: As soon as district judge Dharmesh Sharma ordered the release of the Ansal brothers in the Uphaar cinema evidence tampering case on Tuesday, Neelam Krishnamoorthy, who lost two children in the incident, broke down and interjected, saying she was “shocked” and “disappointed” by the order

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HT Image
Updated on Jul 20, 2022 12:21 AM IST

Uphaar case: Court orders release of Ansals brothers

Five people, including the two Ansal brothers, were convicted by a court in the case in October 2021. On Monday, the court had upheld the conviction of four accused, the Ansals, Dinesh Chandra Sharma and PP Batra, and set aside the conviction of Anoop Singh.

At least 59 people lost their lives and over 100 were injured in the stampede after a fire broke out at the Uphaar cinema on June 13, 1997 during the screening of JP Dutta’s film ‘Border’.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Archives. )
At least 59 people lost their lives and over 100 were injured in the stampede after a fire broke out at the Uphaar cinema on June 13, 1997 during the screening of JP Dutta’s film ‘Border’.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Archives. )
Updated on Jul 20, 2022 12:26 PM IST

Uphaar case: Court upholds conviction of Ansals in evidence tampering case

District judge Dharmesh Sharma also upheld the conviction of two other accused -- PP Batra and Dinesh Chand Sharma—even as he set aside the conviction of another accused, Anoop Singh.

At least 59 people lost their lives and over 100 were injured in the stampede after a fire broke out at the Uphaar Cinema on June 13, 1997.(HT file photo)
At least 59 people lost their lives and over 100 were injured in the stampede after a fire broke out at the Uphaar Cinema on June 13, 1997.(HT file photo)
Updated on Jul 19, 2022 06:15 AM IST

Delhi court gives bail to Mohammed Zubair, pulls up cops

The Alt News co-founder will, however, stay in jail over cases registered against him in Uttar Pradesh.

 (ANI)
(ANI)
Published on Jul 15, 2022 11:40 PM IST

Mohammed Zubair gets bail in tweet case; Court says, ‘Hindu religion tolerant’

Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair has been granted bail in the 2018 tweet case on a personal bond and surety of ₹50,000. Zubair was arrested on June 27 by Delhi Police in connection with a 2018 tweet. 

Two cases against Zubair were registered in Hathras while one each was lodged in Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar, Lakhimpur Kheri and Sitapur. (File Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Two cases against Zubair were registered in Hathras while one each was lodged in Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar, Lakhimpur Kheri and Sitapur. (File Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jul 15, 2022 02:13 PM IST

'Why are you killing the child?': Delhi HC says unmarried woman should deliver

The woman had moved court citing her unmarried status and a failed relationship wherein her partner “ditched” her at the last moment (about 18 weeks of pregnancy).

Delhi high court. (HT PHOTO)
Delhi high court. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 16, 2022 04:52 AM IST
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