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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
By, New Delhi

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

Delhi HC to decide on woman’s nationality after son’s OCI card confiscated

An Indian-origin man who is a citizen of the United States has sought a declaration from the Delhi high court that his mother is not a Pakistani national after the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards issued to him and his sons by Indian government authorities were confiscated

Police commandos stand guard in front of Delhi high court in New Delhi.
Police commandos stand guard in front of Delhi high court in New Delhi.
Published on Sep 10, 2022 12:04 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi HC waives off 25,000 cost on ex-CBI director over Twitter blue tick plea

In May, this year, the court fined M Nageswara Rao while rejecting his plea to restore his Twitter blue verified badge, which indicates an account is authentic

The counsel urged the court to waive off the cost saying that Rao was a retired official. (File image)
The counsel urged the court to waive off the cost saying that Rao was a retired official. (File image)
Published on Sep 08, 2022 12:56 PM IST

Barricades won’t be left unmanned: Delhi Police to HC

The Delhi Police informed the bench that new guidelines have been issued which underline that no barricades will be put on roads during peak hours unless there is a specific input or information regarding law-and-order or crime detection, under the order of a senior officer of DCP rank.

Delhi high court listed the matter for further hearing on November 14.(PTI)
Delhi high court listed the matter for further hearing on November 14.(PTI)
Published on Sep 06, 2022 05:00 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Jacqueline Fernandez chose to skip conman’s criminal past: ED

Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez consciously chose to overlook the criminal past of conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar and continued to indulge in financial transactions with him, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has informed a Delhi court.

Actor Jacqueline Fernandez has been booked by ED under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. (ANI)
Actor Jacqueline Fernandez has been booked by ED under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. (ANI)
Updated on Sep 01, 2022 02:55 AM IST
ByRicha Banka and Neeraj Chauhan, New Delhi

Sonia, Rahul oppose PIL over ‘hate speeches’

Congress leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi have opposed the registration of FIRs against them for their alleged hate speeches during the anti-CAA/NRC protests, saying that there is not even a remote reference of any provocation

New Delhi, Aug 05 (ANI): Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi leads a protest of party MPs including Rahul Gandhi and others wearing black clothes, against inflation and unemployment, at Parliament, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo) (Sanjay Sharma)
New Delhi, Aug 05 (ANI): Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi leads a protest of party MPs including Rahul Gandhi and others wearing black clothes, against inflation and unemployment, at Parliament, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo) (Sanjay Sharma)
Updated on Aug 30, 2022 03:07 AM IST

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
By, New Delhi

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
By, New Delhi

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
By, New Delhi

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
By, New Delhi

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
By, New Delhi

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
ByAbraham Thomas & Richa Banka
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