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Drinking in Saket court chambers may lead to eviction of lawyers

Saket Bar Association secretary Dhir Singh Kasana said, “Whiskey has been banned in the complex and any person found guilty of possessing alcohol will be asked to vacate the chamber.”

The move comes days after a woman lawyer alleged that a senior advocate raped her in his chamber.(Representational picture)
The move comes days after a woman lawyer alleged that a senior advocate raped her in his chamber.(Representational picture)
Updated on Jul 30, 2018 09:49 AM IST

Trust judiciary to resolve judges’ differences, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad credited the NDA government with providing funds to judiciary for development of infrastructure.

File photo of Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.(PTI photo)
File photo of Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.(PTI photo)
Updated on Jul 25, 2018 11:37 PM IST

Delhi HC sets aside penalty imposed on Kanhaiya Kumar by JNU

The Rs 10,000 fine was imposed on Kanhaiya Kumar by the appellate authority in connection with the incident in which slogans were allegedly raised at the event relating to Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru’s hanging.

A file photo of Delhi high court in New Delhi.(HT Photo)
A file photo of Delhi high court in New Delhi.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 21, 2018 08:40 AM IST

Sacred Games’ English subtitles changed, Netflix tells HC

Netflix has informed the Delhi High Court that it has made changes to the controversial English subtitles for Sacred Games.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a still from Sacred Games.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a still from Sacred Games.
Updated on Jul 19, 2018 08:26 PM IST

Number plates must for VVIP vehicles including President, says Delhi high court

A bench of acting chief justice Gita Mittal and justice C Hari Shankar said every vehicle has to comply with the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and display the number plates

Delhi high court on Wednesday said all vehicles plying on the streets, including those of top dignitaries such as the president should be registered and display number plates.(HT File Photo)
Delhi high court on Wednesday said all vehicles plying on the streets, including those of top dignitaries such as the president should be registered and display number plates.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 18, 2018 11:11 PM IST

‘Shocking state of affairs every year’: Delhi HC slams authorities over waterlogging

On Friday, heavy rains lashed Delhi affecting traffic at various intersections and led to waterlogging on several roads.

On Monday, Delhi received the third heaviest shower this season after the onset of monsoon.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
On Monday, Delhi received the third heaviest shower this season after the onset of monsoon.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 17, 2018 11:35 AM IST

Sacred Games actors cannot be held liable for dialogues, says Delhi HC

A petition was file against Netflix’s web series Sacred Games seeking removal of remarks made against former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

The controversy over the web series started Rajiv Sinha, a Congress member from West Bengal, filed a complaint alleging that the series was “misrepresenting facts during his (Rajiv Gandhi) regime”.(Reuters)
The controversy over the web series started Rajiv Sinha, a Congress member from West Bengal, filed a complaint alleging that the series was “misrepresenting facts during his (Rajiv Gandhi) regime”.(Reuters)
Updated on Jul 16, 2018 06:44 PM IST

Delhi high court asks chief secretary Anshu Prakash to appear before Assembly committee

Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash and two other bureaucrats had been issued a notice by the assembly for skipping a meeting on February 20.

The Delhi high court warned chief secretary Anshu Prakash (pictured) and two other IAS officers that it could issue contempt action against them if they failed to appear before the Assembly panels.(HT/File Photo)
The Delhi high court warned chief secretary Anshu Prakash (pictured) and two other IAS officers that it could issue contempt action against them if they failed to appear before the Assembly panels.(HT/File Photo)
Updated on Jul 13, 2018 10:44 PM IST

Delhi HC seeks response from Centre, AIIMS after acid attack victim alleges bias

The Delhi high court on Friday sought the response of the Central government and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences on a plea by an acid attack victim who has alleged that the institute had prohibited her from applying for the post of nursing officer, thereby violating the Disability Act, 2016.

The Delhi HC issued notices on a plea filed by Yasmeen Manusree who contended that the AIIMS advertisement only mentioned “One Leg Disability” under the disability quota for applying for the post of nursing officers therefore violating the Disability Act.(HT/File Photo)
The Delhi HC issued notices on a plea filed by Yasmeen Manusree who contended that the AIIMS advertisement only mentioned “One Leg Disability” under the disability quota for applying for the post of nursing officers therefore violating the Disability Act.(HT/File Photo)
Updated on Jul 07, 2018 11:45 PM IST

Delhi HC asks CPWD to provide list of trees planted by dignitaries at Rajghat

The court’s order came while hearing a plea filed by Shyam Narayan Chouksey, who alleged that Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial was not being properly maintained and asked about the number of trees planted and whether they are alive.

The Ashoka tree at Rajghat.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
The Ashoka tree at Rajghat.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 05, 2018 03:40 PM IST

Confusion over status of Delhi high court’s August ruling on L-G-AAP tussle

The Delhi high court’s August 2016 judgment declared the L-G was the administrative head of the national Capital and was not bound by the ‘aid and advice’ of the council of ministers.

A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday held that though Delhi cannot be accorded the status of a state, the L-G has no independent decision making power and has to act on the aid and advice of the elected government.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday held that though Delhi cannot be accorded the status of a state, the L-G has no independent decision making power and has to act on the aid and advice of the elected government.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 05, 2018 10:07 AM IST

Rebel AAP leader Kapil Mishra sues Arvind Kejriwal for low attendance in Delhi assembly

Rebel AAP MLA Kapil Mishra’s plea, which was urgently admitted in the high court, claimed that Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was present only seven times in 2017 although the assembly had 27 sessions.

File phot of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
File phot of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 11, 2018 06:38 PM IST

Delhi HC frees Slovenian national level shooter detained for ‘gun-running’

According to his plea, Boris Sobotic Mikolic came to India along with two Indians in April 2017. The plea said that the trio was detained by the DRI on the exit gate of IGI airport despite not possessing any arms and ammunition.

Boris Sobotic Mikolic had filed a plea in Delhi high court (pictured) challenging his detention order by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence under the customs and anti-smuggling law COFEPOSA.(File Photo)
Boris Sobotic Mikolic had filed a plea in Delhi high court (pictured) challenging his detention order by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence under the customs and anti-smuggling law COFEPOSA.(File Photo)
Published on Jun 07, 2018 05:00 PM IST

Report in HC says inmates at Delhi’s de-addiction centres sexually assaulted

The report submitted in Delhi High Court after inspection of 124 de-addiction centres, was described as most shocking by the bench

A report submitted to the Delhi High Court by the Delhi State Legal Services Authority about the state of de-addiction centres in the national capital has revealed that several inmates, 750 of them who have been kept involuntarily, have been assaulted both physically and sexually at these centres.(HT file photo)
A report submitted to the Delhi High Court by the Delhi State Legal Services Authority about the state of de-addiction centres in the national capital has revealed that several inmates, 750 of them who have been kept involuntarily, have been assaulted both physically and sexually at these centres.(HT file photo)
Updated on Jun 02, 2018 10:22 AM IST

Aadhaar has equal or more value than civic body certificates, says Delhi high court

The Delhi high court’s ruling comes while it was deciding on an appeal by a person who was sentenced to life imprisonment for sodomising a six-year-old boy.

The Delhi high court bench also said it differed from an earlier Madras high court ruling which had said that the Aadhaar card could not be used as proof of age.(Pradeep Gaur/Mint File Photo)
The Delhi high court bench also said it differed from an earlier Madras high court ruling which had said that the Aadhaar card could not be used as proof of age.(Pradeep Gaur/Mint File Photo)
Published on Jun 01, 2018 10:51 PM IST

Delhi HC grants Chidambaram interim protection from arrest in INX media case

CBI had summoned P Chidambaram to appear before it on May 31 at 11am in connection to the ₹305 crore INX media case.

Chidambaram said in his plea he was summoned despite the fact that he was not mentioned as an accused or a suspect.(HT Photo)
Chidambaram said in his plea he was summoned despite the fact that he was not mentioned as an accused or a suspect.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 31, 2018 11:20 PM IST

Report clearing Air France officer of sexual harassment invalid: Delhi HC

The Delhi high court directed Air France to inquire afresh into allegations of repeated sexual harassment made by an Indian employee against a Frenchman and senior executive at the airline.

The Delhi high court’s ruling came on an appeal by a woman, who alleged sexual harassment by Stanislas Brun, whose LinkedIn profile lists his job as managing director, Middle East, Gulf & Indian Subcontinent, Air France-KLM Cargo and Martinair Cargo.(AFP/Photo for representation)
The Delhi high court’s ruling came on an appeal by a woman, who alleged sexual harassment by Stanislas Brun, whose LinkedIn profile lists his job as managing director, Middle East, Gulf & Indian Subcontinent, Air France-KLM Cargo and Martinair Cargo.(AFP/Photo for representation)
Updated on May 30, 2018 11:54 PM IST

Chidambaram to seek anticipatory bail in INX media case today

The CBI has slapped a notice on Chidambaram to join the probe in the INX Media case on Thursday.

In the Aircel-Maxis case,Special Judge OP Saini directed the ED not to take any coercive action against Chidambaram till June 5.(PTI File Photo)
In the Aircel-Maxis case,Special Judge OP Saini directed the ED not to take any coercive action against Chidambaram till June 5.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on May 31, 2018 12:05 AM IST

Delhi high court functioning at half its strength with just 36 judges

The Delhi HC has been functioning with an acting chief justice for over a year now. As of May 26, there were 71,704 cases pending in the court

A view of the Delhi high court.(HT File Photo)
A view of the Delhi high court.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 27, 2018 07:04 AM IST

Delhi’s drinking age too high? Court will decide

The plea claimed that 67% of the people in the age group of 18-25 years purchased alcohol from liquor vends, but were never asked to show their age proof, which has a corrosive effect on respect for the law.

The Delhi high court sought a response from the Delhi government on a plea seeking the legal age for drinking alcohol to be lowered from the current 25 years.(File Photo)
The Delhi high court sought a response from the Delhi government on a plea seeking the legal age for drinking alcohol to be lowered from the current 25 years.(File Photo)
Updated on May 27, 2018 11:26 AM IST

Delhi high court refuses relief to pregnant DU student barred from exams for low attendance

Counsel highlighted Delhi University rules say attendance will not be counted in case of a married woman student who is granted maternity leave.

A second-year law student challenged a single-judge’s decision refused to grant relief to write the exam.(Mint File)
A second-year law student challenged a single-judge’s decision refused to grant relief to write the exam.(Mint File)
Updated on May 22, 2018 11:49 AM IST

No clue of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed despite efforts, CBI tells Delhi high court

The CBI in its eighth status report informed a bench of Delhi high court they are yet to ascertain the whereabouts of Najeeb, who went missing from JNU campus after an alleged brawl with some ABVP students.

Najeeb Ahmad’s mother Fatima Nafees at a protest in Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on October 28, 2016.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Najeeb Ahmad’s mother Fatima Nafees at a protest in Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on October 28, 2016.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Updated on May 12, 2018 09:13 AM IST

Delhi HC says habitually doubting husband of having affair is basis for divorce

Justice JR Midha granted divorce to the couple and set aside the judgment of the trial court where the couple were allowed judicial separation even as it rejected the plea to grant divorce to the couple residing in London.

Delhi high court in New Delhi.(HT File Photo)
Delhi high court in New Delhi.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 06, 2018 10:05 AM IST

British sitar player who fell in love with India wins reprieve to stay here

Felix Stefan Kaye has been allowed to stay in India by the Delhi high court after the Foreigners Regional Registration Office had directed him to leave the country on the ground that his visa had expired.

Felix Stefan Kaye(Sourced)
Felix Stefan Kaye(Sourced)
Updated on May 01, 2018 09:46 PM IST

Jeweller dies at DRI office, relatives say he was ‘tortured’, demand probe

Hours after DRI officials raided the jeweller’s Shalimar Bagh shops and seized 35 kilograms of foreign marked gold that was concealed in the door panel of a safe at one of the shops, he jumped off from the visitors room of the DRI office.

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence statement said the jeweller was neither summoned nor arrested by them and he and his father visited the office on their own.(File photo)
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence statement said the jeweller was neither summoned nor arrested by them and he and his father visited the office on their own.(File photo)
Updated on Apr 27, 2018 08:26 AM IST

Delhi sealing drive may hit Khan Market restaurants next

The Delhi High Court refused to stay the New Delhi Municipal Council’s (NDMC) notice demanding restaurant owners obtain no objection certificates from the fire department within 15 days.

A view of Khan Market in New Delhi. A PIL had sought action against restaurants in Khan Market and Connaught Place for not obtaining fire safety clearances.(Sanchit Khanna /HT File Photo)
A view of Khan Market in New Delhi. A PIL had sought action against restaurants in Khan Market and Connaught Place for not obtaining fire safety clearances.(Sanchit Khanna /HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 21, 2018 12:51 PM IST

IPL 2018: Delhi readies to host games; court asks civic body to review safety reports

Delhi high court is hearing a plea raising concerns about the structural stability of a block at Ferozeshah Kotla ground while Delhi Daredevils bosses plan to restrict use of the area for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 games

The Ferozeshah Kotla ground will host its first Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 match on April 23.(Getty Images)
The Ferozeshah Kotla ground will host its first Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 match on April 23.(Getty Images)
Updated on Apr 20, 2018 11:43 PM IST

Can’t be loss of one human life - Delhi High Court puts onus on DDCA for safe IPL 2018 games

The single-judge bench of the Delhi High Court has told the South Delhi Municipal Corporation o give a clearance certificate to the RP Mehra stand at Feroz Shah Kotla for the IPL 2018 games.

The 2018 IPL games at the Feroz Shah Kotla are under doubt after an application filed by the court-appointed administrator stated l to use the old club house to put up the broadcasting equipment and related personnel(Getty Images)
The 2018 IPL games at the Feroz Shah Kotla are under doubt after an application filed by the court-appointed administrator stated l to use the old club house to put up the broadcasting equipment and related personnel(Getty Images)
Updated on Apr 18, 2018 08:24 PM IST

Delhi High Court rebukes Paralympics Council over shooter’s agony

The Delhi High Court’s remarks come while hearing a plea filed by paralympic shooter Naresh Kumar who was denied to file his nomination for the World Shooting Para Sport Championships Cheongju, Korea to be held from 1st to 12th May 2018

Paralympic shooter Naresh Kumaralleged that on February 1 last year, he had written a letter to the President of the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) and raised concerns over the corrupt practices in the NPC.(Getty Images)
Paralympic shooter Naresh Kumaralleged that on February 1 last year, he had written a letter to the President of the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) and raised concerns over the corrupt practices in the NPC.(Getty Images)
Updated on Apr 11, 2018 12:08 AM IST

Delhi high court judge recuses herself from Pranab Mukherjee case

Without citing any reason, Justice Pratibha M Singh in an order said “subject to the orders of the acting Chief Justice, list this matter before another bench.”

Former President Pranab Mukherjee addresses an event in Kolkata.(PTI FILE)
Former President Pranab Mukherjee addresses an event in Kolkata.(PTI FILE)
Updated on Apr 06, 2018 11:42 PM IST
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