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Chief secy assault: Delhi court rejects AAP’s plea to curb police’s media leaks

A city court dismissed a plea filed by AAP MLAs seeking to restrain the Delhi police from leaking any information on the chief secretary assault case to the media.

The plea was filed by AAP MLAs , including chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia.(HT Photo)
The plea was filed by AAP MLAs , including chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 25, 2018 07:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

Will declare results of 63 students with short attendance: DU tells court

Several students had knocked the court’s door DU’s decision restraining students from taking exams due to short attendance.

The Delhi high court was hearing a batch of appeals by the Delhi University challenging a single judge’s order directing them to conduct extra classes or tutorials for those students who are desirous to attend the lectures to make up for attendance shortage.(File Picture)
The Delhi high court was hearing a batch of appeals by the Delhi University challenging a single judge’s order directing them to conduct extra classes or tutorials for those students who are desirous to attend the lectures to make up for attendance shortage.(File Picture)
Published on Aug 25, 2018 04:37 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

Don’t wait for crowds to turn violent: Delhi court tells police

The court said police should not wait for the crowds to turn violent but put mechanisms in place to prevent gatherings that have the potential to turn violent.

The court made the observations while it was hearing a case where the car of an accused was burnt by a mob of onlookers after it had hit a person who received minor injuries.(HT/Picture for representation)
The court made the observations while it was hearing a case where the car of an accused was burnt by a mob of onlookers after it had hit a person who received minor injuries.(HT/Picture for representation)
Updated on Aug 23, 2018 08:00 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

CCTVs in schools: Password of footage will be given to parents only, says Delhi govt

Sanjoy Ghose, standing counsel for the Delhi government, made the submission before a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and justice V Kameswar Rao while they were hearing a petition which had challenged the move of the Delhi government to install CCTVs in classrooms.

The counsel appearing for the petitioner, Jai Dehadrai, contended that with the installation of cameras, privacy of the students would be compromised. He contended that there is a specific portion of the privacy judgment which states that a group of students should also be given privacy.(Picture for representation)
The counsel appearing for the petitioner, Jai Dehadrai, contended that with the installation of cameras, privacy of the students would be compromised. He contended that there is a specific portion of the privacy judgment which states that a group of students should also be given privacy.(Picture for representation)
Updated on Aug 22, 2018 02:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

Delhi high court restrains NBCC from handing over commercial space in East Kidwai Nagar

Putting an interim stay on allotment, Justice Vibhu Bhakru of Delhi high court observed that there was no clarity on how the requirement for water would be met and also sought to know whether adequate arrangements had been made to handle traffic in the area.

The application contended that the project would increase the population density at least by double and block traffic around two hospitals — AIIMS and Safdarjung.(File Photo)
The application contended that the project would increase the population density at least by double and block traffic around two hospitals — AIIMS and Safdarjung.(File Photo)
Updated on Aug 22, 2018 01:46 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

Delhi high court turns down plea challenging minimum marriage age

The Delhi high court was hearing a case regarding an inter-caste marriage wherein the couple, both 19 years old, feared harm.

The court granted protection to the inter-caste couple.(File Photo)
The court granted protection to the inter-caste couple.(File Photo)
Published on Aug 21, 2018 04:51 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

EIA report on south Delhi govt colony revamp plagiarised, high court told

The court, however, allowed National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) to secure the area to avoid any untoward incident.

Delhi high court refused to give permission to resume construction at south Delhi’s Nauroji Nagar.(HT Photo)
Delhi high court refused to give permission to resume construction at south Delhi’s Nauroji Nagar.(HT Photo)
Published on Aug 17, 2018 04:17 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

Woman can’t stay at in-laws’ house if she mistreats them: Delhi high court

The Delhi Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens (Amendment) Rules, 2016, entitled a senior citizen to seek eviction of his son, daughter or his legal heirs on account of ill-treatment but excluded the daughter-in-law.

The Delhi high court dismissed the plea of a woman, Darshna, who had challenged the order of a district magistrate who had directed her to vacate the first-floor of the house of her in-laws she had occupied.(File Photo)
The Delhi high court dismissed the plea of a woman, Darshna, who had challenged the order of a district magistrate who had directed her to vacate the first-floor of the house of her in-laws she had occupied.(File Photo)
Updated on Aug 10, 2018 06:14 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

Delhi high court decriminalises begging, says provisions violate rights of vulnerable people

The Delhi high court on Wednesday decriminalised begging, striking down as “unconstitutional” the provisions which made it an offence. The court also said that criminalising begging violates the most fundamental rights of some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Delhi Prevention of Begging Rules 1960 formulated under the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959, makes begging an offence. Under this offence, beggars were often picked up and produced before the courts from where they sent to beggar homes.(File Photo)
Delhi Prevention of Begging Rules 1960 formulated under the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959, makes begging an offence. Under this offence, beggars were often picked up and produced before the courts from where they sent to beggar homes.(File Photo)
Updated on Aug 09, 2018 06:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

Delhi high court quashes AAP govt’s notification fixing higher minimum wages for workers

The minimum wages of unskilled workers increased from ₹9,724 to ₹13,350 per month, for semi-skilled workers from ₹10,764 to ₹14,698 and for skilled labourers from ₹11,830 to ₹16,182.

Reacting to the judgment, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said his government had provided relief to poor labourers from inflation by hiking minimum wages.(PTI)
Reacting to the judgment, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said his government had provided relief to poor labourers from inflation by hiking minimum wages.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 05, 2018 09:39 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

Delhi HC defers JNU panel’s proceedings in harassment complaint against 2 educators

The plea, by a former student, said that the members of the committee inquiring into the complaint are persons and officials who have been appointed by one of the two top educators against whom the complaint has been made, thus rendering the committee inherently biased.

File photo of the administrative block of JNU.(HT File Photo)
File photo of the administrative block of JNU.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 03, 2018 03:28 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

Delhi HC says bureaucrats not officials of L-G, pulls up AAP govt lawyer

The remark by Delhi HC came during a hearing about notification of the new jail manual when the Delhi government lawyer, Rahul Mehra,told the court that the amended jail manual will be notified through the L-G and after intimating him.

A file photo of Delhi high court in New Delhi.(HT File Photo)
A file photo of Delhi high court in New Delhi.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 03, 2018 03:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

More than 1 lakh illegal e-rickshaws ply on Delhi’s roads

The traffic department told the court that action has been taken against over 200,000 e-rickshaws in Delhi.

There are 236 roads where these e-rickshaws have been prohibited.(Sunil Ghosh/HT File Photo)
There are 236 roads where these e-rickshaws have been prohibited.(Sunil Ghosh/HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 02, 2018 07:18 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

Closure of 110-year-old Delhi Flying Club leaves 85 students in the lurch

The club, which operated out of the Safdarjung airport, shut down on June 25 after the management gave an undertaking before the Delhi high court that they would vacate the premises, having failed to pay licensing fee to the Airports Authority of India.

The Delhi Flying Club had been providing training to students before its closure in June this year, even though flying operations at the institute ceased in 2002 over security concerns.(Sunil Saxena/ HT File Photo)
The Delhi Flying Club had been providing training to students before its closure in June this year, even though flying operations at the institute ceased in 2002 over security concerns.(Sunil Saxena/ HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 31, 2018 01:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

Car dealers cannot use public roads as parking spaces: Delhi HC

The Delhi high court’s direction came after an affidavit filed by the DCP traffic, central range, listed names of cars dealers and motor vehicle dealers, who continue to park their vehicles for sale outside their shops on the roads.

Cars line the streets of Karol Bagh.(Sushil Kumar/ HT Photo)
Cars line the streets of Karol Bagh.(Sushil Kumar/ HT Photo)
Published on Jul 31, 2018 12:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

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
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRajesh Ahuja/Richa Banka, New Delhi

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
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | ByRicha Banka

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
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

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
Hindustan Times | ByRicha Banka, New Delhi

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
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

‘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
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

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
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

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
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

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
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

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
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

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
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

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
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

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
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

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
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

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
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka
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