Kathputli demolition cause irreparable loss to Students

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Delhi High Court reprimanded Delhi Development Authority and Raheja Developers for irresponsible handling of Kathputli Colony demolition.

New Delhi, January 19:  The Delhi High Court on 18th January reprimanded Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Raheja Developers Limited for the irresponsible way in which the Kathputli Colony demolition was carried out.

It was during the hearing of a PIL filed against the demolition that the court noted that an irreparable loss had been caused to the students of class X and XII, who were forced to move to transit camps along with their families following the demolition.

The bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar warned the authorities of stringent action if in the future they were to conduct demolition drives at a crucial time when students’ exams are approaching. It further directed the AAP government and its transport department to ensure availability of facilities, including transportation to these children and asked it to take immediate steps on the matter.

The Delhi government’s standing counsel Satyakam assured the bench that these problems would be addressed immediately. Responding to the concern raised by the court observers regarding the provision of an adequate and efficient public transportation facility enabling those resettled in Narela to reach their work place on time, it said that a bus facility will be started to take them to Shadipur Depot. It also added that those displaced could access the Public Distribution System by changing their address through online facility.

Home to a large number of puppeteers, magicians, singers and musicians, the Kathputli Colony in West Delhi, spreads over an area of around 14 acres. Despite all resistance against the redevelopment project announced in 2009, DDA evicted the residents of the colony and flattened 400 houses during October – November in 2017.

 

Sources: The Quint, The Hindu

Delhi HC, denies bail for a woman accused in Augusta scam

The Delhi high court on Friday ruled out against the bail for a woman director of two Dubai-based firms, arrested in connection with the probe into the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper money laundering case. Justice A K Pathak said while upholding a trial court’s July 29 order dismissing Shivani Saxena’s bail plea, “The application is dismissed”.

Shivani Saxena, who is the director of M/S UHY Saxena and M/S Matrix Holdings, both located in Dubai was arrested by The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had arrested her on July 17 from Chennai under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Now, she is currently judicial custody. Presently, ED has chargesheeted chargesheeted the woman and the companies under various sections of the PMLA.

In 2014, the ED had registered a PMLA case, in its money laundering FIR, which named 21 people including Tyagi.

India scrapped the contract with Finmeccanica’s British subsidiary Agusta Westland for supplying 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers on January 1, 2014. The deal was cancelled over alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of kickbacks to the tune of Rs 423 crore paid by the firm for securing the deal.

News Sources- Indian Express, The Times of India

Delhi High Court dismisses Kejriwal’s plea for speedy trial

The Delhi High court in its order today dismissed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s plea. He had questioned the decision of a judge to expedite the hearing of a defamation suit filed by Finance minister Arun Jaitley against him and other AAP leaders.

The appeal further questioned the move of limiting lawyer’s presence in the courtroom. Since it would cause a lot of inconvenience to the counsels and the public at large. According to the Chief Minister the order was passed without jurisdiction.

The other AAP leader on which the defamation case was filled include Raghav Chadha, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Kumar Vishwas and Deepak Bajpai. These leaders had accused Arun Jaitely of corruption as the President of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).

A bench of acting Chief Justice Gia Mittal and Justice Hari Shankar said that appeal filled by Kejriwal against the July26 decision of a single judge was both devoid of merit and misconceived. They also said that the judge can not be held guilty of ensuring speedy trial. It was their duty to conduct trials expeditiously. In the court hearing on July 26, the court had told the joint registrar to expedite the recording of evidence in the civil defamation case.

 

Sources: Indian Express, NDTV

Policemen facing PIL after assaulting students in Ramjas Violence

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed against the policemen who were involved in assaulting the students and journalists at Ramjas College. This action was taken by the Delhi high court after two students from the Delhi University Law department approached them on March 1.

The policemen during a protest at Ramjas allegedly assaulted the students part of it. The two students who took the issue to high court are Tarun Narang and Deepak Joshi. Both of them are Law students in Delhi University only.

In the PIL, they have asked for an independent committee to examine what led to the huge protests at the University last week. The committee will include senior Delhi Police officials.

Another demand is that there should be cases against the Police officers involved under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code. It is most likely that the hearing will be this week.

All this Violence began in Delhi University last week when the All India Students Association (AISA) and the ABVP went into a scuffle after Ramjas College called the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid for a talk.

SOURCES-

  1. PTI- http://www.aninews.in/newsdetail-Mg/MzAyMDIz/ramjas-row-pil-filed-against-policemen-who-assaulted-students.html

2. INDIAN EXPRESS- http://indianexpress.com/article/india/ramjas-violence-pil-against-policemen-for-alleged-assault-on-students-4549141/

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Delhi HC rejects AAP’s order of appointing 21 MLAs as parliamentary secretaries

On Thursday, the Delhi High Court set aside an order of the Arvind Kejriwal government appointing 21 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs as parliamentary secretaries.
The order came as a huge blow to the Aam Aadmi Party, which had appointed these MLAs as parliamentary secretaries on March 13, 2015.
As reported by the Indian Express, the amendment bill was approved and passed in June by the Delhi Assembly, where the Aam Aadmi Party enjoys a comfortable majority.
However, a constitutional clause prohibits legislators or parliamentarians from holding office with monetary or other benefits. The clause that comes to be known as ‘Office of Profit’, aims at reducing conflict-of-interest situations for public servants.
In June, President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected an amendment made by the Delhi government to the Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Act, 1997, which sought to make the position of Parliamentary Secretaries in the Delhi Assembly exempt under the purview of “Office of Profit.”
The court’s decision came after the AAP government acknowledged that the appointment of parliamentary secretaries became invalid with respect to the court’s August 4 verdict that declared the Lieutenant Governor as the administrative head of Delhi.
However, the Arvind Kejriwal government is of the opinion that the position of parliamentary secretary is ‘not an office of profit’ as the MLAs are not receiving any ‘fiscal benefits.’

Ban on India’s Daughter to continue

The brutal rape of Nirbhaya shook the Nation in 2012. But it has not seemingly touched the Delhi High Court, as they are yet to lift the ban on ‘India’s Daughter’, a documentary on the December 16, Delhi rape case.

HC refused to interfere since the matter of telecast is pending before the competent court of law. A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath did not validate the advisory issued by the center. Due to the restraint order of the trial court, the telecast of the documentary was denied.

Delhi HC raised the purpose of the ban earlier in February, as it was available on the internet. Also a PIL filed by three law students seek for the lifting of the ban on the documentary, as it had revealed the mindset of one of the convicted rapists.
Mukesh Singh, the driver of the bus in which the girl was gang raped, had made insulting, malicious and offensive statements about women in the video. Also his lawyer’s statements raised public dissent.
In an interview to the Time magazine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had justified the ban by NDA government to respect the victim and the judicial process.
The Information and Broadcasting ministry had advised all news channels not to telecast the documentary story as it might lead to widespread public outcry. The trial court had restrained airing or broadcasting the documentary in March last year.
British filmmaker Leslee Udwin produced the documentary and interviewed the convict, Mukesh Singh in the interiors of Tihar Jail in Delhi. The short movie was telecasted by the BBC.
Source- The Hindu

SpiceJet ordered to pay Rs 580 crore by Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court ordered SpiceJet to pay Rs 580 crore in a share transfer dispute case heard on Friday. It also asked SpiceJet and Kal Airways to consider arbitration proceedings to reach a consensus over the dispute.

Sun Group owner, Kalanithi Maran and his airlines, Kal Airways accused SpiceJet for not issuing share warrants in favour of Maran. The ownership of the airlines changed hands and was transferred to Ajay Singh, the current promoter of SpiceJet Ltd in February 2015.

Maran and Kal Airways had transferred their entire 350.4 million shares in SpiceJet, or 58.46% stake. Despite giving around Rs 579 crore to SpiceJet, the share warrants were not transferred.

The Delhi High Court directed SpiceJet board to pass a resolution regarding issuance of warrants to Kalinithi Maran in March 2016. Judge Manmohan Singh gave SpiceJet airlines a period of five months to deposit the amount in five installments. The court will retain the amount till the final decision of the case.

ANI reported that Kalanithi Maran has also demanded the return of Rs 690 crore that his company paid for operating cost and debt payment at the time of transfer.

Sources: dnaindia.com, The Indian Express, ANI