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Delhi News Highlights: Manish Sisodia writes to Union Health Minister to issue Chhath celebrations guidelines

Delhi News Updates: Delhi reported 34 new Covid-19 cases, 38 recoveries and zero deaths on Tuesday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 13, 2021 7:58:24 am
Devotees offering (Arghya) prayer to the setting Sun during “Chhath Puja”. (Express photo by Jaipal Singh/File)

Delhi News Highlights: Amid Delhi BJP’s protests in the city against the Delhi government for not allowing Chhath puja celebrations in the city because of Covid-19, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has written to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya to hold a meeting with health experts and come out with guidelines to celebrate the festival.

“I request the Centre to hold a discussion with health experts and other related persons and come out with guidelines to celebrate Chhath soon so that all north Indians who celebrate the festival can do so keeping in mind their beliefs as well as safety,” Sisodia wrote.

In another news, the Delhi Police today claimed to have arrested a Pakistan-based “terrorist” who was planning an attack in the capital. The terror suspect was apprehended from East Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar where he was allegedly living under a fake name. An AK-47 rifle, a hand grenade, pistols and ammunition has been recovered from his hideouts, the police said.

At the same time, Delhi reported 34 new Covid-19 cases, 38 recoveries and zero deaths on Tuesday.

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21:59 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Petty offence cases against children: HC slams Delhi Police for not producing juveniles before justice boards within 24 hrs of apprehending them

The Delhi High Court Tuesday pulled up the Delhi Police for not producing juveniles apprehended in petty offences before the Juvenile Justice Boards within 24 hours. It has directed the authorities to inform it about the steps taken to implement the court order directing closure of inquiries in all such cases, alleging petty offences against children, which have remained pending and inconclusive for more than one year.

The division bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani expressed shock after it was informed by the Delhi government that 3,965 cases involving petty offences by children were registered since March 2020 in which 2,857 children were apprehended but only 632 were produced before the JJBs. 2,443 out of 2,857 children were handed over to their parents or guardians immediately, as per the submission made before the court. The court had previously been told by the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) that a total of 1,108 such cases were pending, as of June 30, for a year or more and 795 cases were pending for a period between 6 months and one year before the JJBs. Read full report here

20:28 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Meet health experts, come out with Chhath celebrations guidelines: Delhi Dy CM Manish Sisodia writes to Union Health Minister

Amid Delhi BJP’s protests in the city against the Delhi government for not allowing Chhath puja celebrations in the city because of Covid-19, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has written to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya to hold a meeting with health experts and come out with guidelines to celebrate the festival.

“I request the Centre to hold a discussion with health experts and other related persons and come out with guidelines to celebrate Chhath soon so that all north Indians who celebrate the festival can do so keeping in mind their beliefs as well as safety,” Sisodia wrote. Read full report here

18:38 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Delhi reports 34 new Covid-19 cases, 38 recoveries and zero deaths

Delhi on Tuesday reported 34 new Covid-19 cases with zero deaths. The nbational capital also recorded 38 recoveries. ActiveCovid-19 cases now stand at 365.

17:57 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Delhi riots: Police tried to paint every UAPA accused with same brush, Umar Khalid’s lawyer tells court

Former JNU student Umar Khalid’s lawyer told a Delhi court that the police “wished to paint every accused with the same brush”.

Senior advocate Trideep Pais made his arguments while arguing for Khalid’s bail in a northeast Delhi riots UAPA case before Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat, who adjourned the matter for further hearing on November 2.

Pais began his arguments by stating that there are 17 different allegations against Khalid and that he will show how “UAPA is not made out” and the “allegations are implausible.” Read full report here

17:17 (IST)12 Oct 2021
‘Order passed based-on diverse, multifarious experience of heading large Para-Military Security Force,’ Delhi HC on Asthana's appointment as Delhi Commissioner

The Delhi High Court today dismissed the PIL challenging IPS Officer Rakesh Asthana’s appointment as Commissioner of Delhi Police.

"It ought to be kept in mind that Delhi, being the Capital of India, has a unique, special and specific requirement. It has witnessed several untoward incidences and extremely challenging law and order situations/riots/crimes, which have an international implication, which in the wisdom of the Central Government necessitated appointment of an experienced officer possessing diverse and multifarious experience of heading a large Para-Military Security Force apart from other factors. As brought out in the counter affidavit by Respondent No. 1( Centre), the impugned order was passed keeping in background the aforesaid factors. The Executive, which is responsible for the law and order situation in the National Capital, must have a reasonable discretion to select an officer it finds more suitable, based upon the career graph of such an officer, unless there is anything adverse in the service career of such an officer," the HC judgment read.

15:45 (IST)12 Oct 2021
BJP’s Manoj Tiwari injured during protest against ban on Chhath celebrations, hospitalised

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Manoj Tiwari was hospitalised Tuesday after sustaining injuries at a protest near Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence over the ban on Chhath celebrations in the national capital.

BJP leader Rahul Trivedi said that Tiwari received injuries during the protest due to water canon force and has been rushed to the Safdarjung hospital. The BJP MP is said to have sustained injuries on his ear. Read More



15:28 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Hearing on Umar Khalid's bail application in northeast Delhi riots case adjourned for November 2 and 8

The hearing on the bail application submitted by former JNU student Umar Khalid in the northeast Delhi riots case has been adjourned for November 2 and 8.

15:22 (IST)12 Oct 2021
'No witness describes the meeting as secret'

Referring to the police allegation of a secret meeting which took place in Jangpura where the conspiracy of the riots took place, Pais told the court "does the witness statement show a conspiracy towards an illegal act ?  None of the witnesses describe the meeting as a secret meeting. Sharjeel Imam infact refers to this meeting in his chats. If it was such a secret why would he refer to it ."

15:15 (IST)12 Oct 2021
'Is chakka jam an offence? Is a meeting to say that our protest will involve chakka jam automatically a criminal conspiracy?' Umar Khalid in bail plea

"Is chakka jam an offence? Is a meeting to say that our protest will involve chakka jam automatically a criminal conspiracy? None of this is said in this..Where does it say it's a crime? This meeting has found itself on every news item, branded about like some great conspiracy," Khalid's lawyer told the court.

15:12 (IST)12 Oct 2021
'Your wish to paint everyone in same brush crumbles when you look at your chargesheet,' Umar Khalid's lawyer to court

Former JNU student Umar Khalid's lawyer, Sr adv Trideep Pais, while arguing for his bail in a northeast Delhi riots case, told a Delhi Court that constituting a Whatsapp group of Muslim students is not terror. Pais argues allegations under UAPA not made out. 


Pais told the court that Khalid never sent a single message in this group. "No communication between me and Sharjeel Imam. Not a shred of communication between me and him...just being on a group is not a crime."

"Your wish to paint everyone in same brush crumbles when you look at your chargesheet. Script is nicely tied up. Can we paint these people in one brush. Like it looks like a film script" Pais said.

Pais made this statement as he argued that Sharjeel Imam "is a man who says your (Yogendra Yadav) political correctness and secularism is not something I profess I believe that it is our cause." Pais said that Sharjeel goes against Yadav and Khalid.

However, he said that the police in the same chargesheet have alleged that Sharjeel was taking instructions from Khalid which seems like a film script.

Pais said that no witness says that Khalid and Sharjeel were introduced. "The officer who was writing this wants to have a story to tell you. However, he forgets thay he  is not a story teller. He is dealing with the law. This is how you want to frame the people."

"This omniscient officer roaming around all of them has no statement. How is it constructive? Every assertion has a basis. This doesn't have a basis," Pais to court.

"They don't have the material to connect me with Sharjeel Imam.. The chargesheet is false," Pais to court.

Pais said, "He (Imam) clearly doesn't seem like a person who wants to do something on somebody's dictation. Ideologically also they are not aligned. They might want to paint me with the same brush, but they don't have the material to do so."

15:09 (IST)12 Oct 2021
'Constituting a WhatsApp group of Muslim students is not terror,' Umar Khalid's lawyer to court

Former JNU student Umar Khalid's lawyer, Adv. Trideep Pais, while arguing for his bail in a northeast Delhi riots case, told a Delhi Court that constituting a Whatsapp group of Muslim students is not terror.

14:18 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Pakistan-based ‘terrorist’, living in India for past 10-15 years, arrested by Delhi Police

The accused, identified as Mohd Ashraf Ali, has been booked under sections of the UAPA Act, Explosives Act and Arms Act by the Delhi Police’s Special Cell.

According to police officials, Ali hails from the Punjab province of Pakistan and has been living in India for the last 10-15 years.

14:04 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Delhi: ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ campaign to be launched again amid rising pollution levels

With pollution levels rising in the national capital once again, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday said the ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ campaign launched last year to encourage people to turn off their engines at signals will be reintroduced from October 18 this year.

The CM also said that although the campaign will formally begin from October 18, people should start switching off their engines at the signals right away. Read more

14:02 (IST)12 Oct 2021
BJP leaders protest outside Kejriwal's residence for removal of Chhath Puja celebrations at public places

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders staging protest outside the residence of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal  demanding the removal of restrictions on Chhath Puja celebrations at public places-ghats (river bank), temples and other sites. BJP leader Rahul Trivedi said that MP Manoj Tiwari has received injuries during the protest due to water canon force and has been rushed to Safdarjung hospital.

12:48 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Delhi court to hear Umar Khalid's bail application in northeast Delhi riots case

A Delhi court will shortly hear former JNU Umar Khalid's bail application in a northeast Delhi riots UAPA case.

12:46 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Delhi: HC slams Delhi police for not producing juveniles before Juvenile Justice Boards within 24 hrs of apprehending them

Petty offence cases against children: Delhi HC slams Delhi Police for not producing juveniles before Juvenile Justice Boards within 24 hours of apprehending them. Since March 2020, only 632 have been produced before JJBs out of the 3965 children apprehended by the police.

'Policing didn't stop because of pandemic. We not concerned with any SOPs, we are concerned with law. Everybody is singing a different tune,' the court told the police. At least 2857 have been handed over to parents.

12:37 (IST)12 Oct 2021
IMD predicts another warm day for Delhi

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted another warm day for Delhi. A maximum temperature of 36 degree Celsius and minimum of 23 degree Celsius are on the forecast for Delhi-NCR on Tuesday.

The IMD has predicted clear skies for the day. Relative humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 82 per cent. Read more 

12:29 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Pollution in Delhi increased in past 3-4 days: CM Arvind Kejriwal in an online briefing

Delhi’s “own” pollution is in the safe limit all year. But at this time of the year, pollution increases. Over the past 3 to 4 days, pollution has increased. The governments of neighbouring states have not helped their farmers and farmers have started burning stubble. NASA satellite data shows that stubble burning has begun and pollution in Delhi has increased. 

In the past seven to eight years, PM10 and PM2.5 levels have reduced by 25% in Delhi. We need to try and reduce our own pollution further to prevent the pollution from outside from affecting our health. 


Kejriwal made three appeals to the public. A ‘red light on, gaadi off’ campaign will be launched this year as well from Oct 18 onwards, encouraging people to turn off vehicle engines at signals. 


Secondly, at least once a week, people must try to avoid using their own vehicles. They can use public transport or try carpooling. Experts are saying pollution will reduce if this is done. Thirdly, people must be the “government’s eyes and ears” and report instances of pollution on the Green Delhi mobile app.

12:05 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Woman, friend held for conspiring to murder husband and making it to look like accidental death in Palwal

The Palwal police have arrested a woman, her friend and another person for allegedly conspiring to kill her husband and making it look like an accidental death.

The accused have been identified as Pushpa, Rohtash Singh and Deepak. The police said Rohtash Singh and Pushpa had been in a relationship for more than two years. Read more 

11:58 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Pakistan-based ‘terrorist’, living in India for past 10-15 years, arrested by Delhi Police

The Delhi Police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested a Pakistan-based “terrorist” who was planning an attack in the capital. The terror suspect was apprehended from East Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar where he was allegedly living under a fake name. Police said they recovered an AK-47 rifle, a hand grenade, pistols and ammunition from his hideouts in Delhi. Read more 

Will celebrate Chhath puja, MCDs to make arrangements: Delhi BJP

chhath puja, delhi chhath puja, delhi news The DDMA had issued guidelines saying that no Chhath celebrations will be allowed at public places and riverbanks in the national capital, and fairs and food stalls will not be permitted during festivals. (Express file photo)

The Delhi BJP Monday said that it would celebrate the Chhath puja (at ghats) and the three corporations (MCDs), all ruled by the party, would make arrangements for it, even as the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has imposed restrictions on celebrations in the open.

Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta said, “I would like to openly declare that we will celebrate the festival and all the preparations would be ensured through corporations.”

Urban Company ‘partners’ stage protest, demand better pay, benefits & safe working conditions

Over 100 ‘partners’ working with home services marketplace Urban Company have demanded better pay, safer working conditions, and social security benefits and alleged that the company has been exploiting and fleecing them.

On Friday, a majority of women partners from spa and salon verticals went on a day-long strike outside the company’s Udyog Vihar office. In protest, they also logged out of the portal’s app for two days over the weekend and did not accept bookings. They said that in the past few months, the company had incrementally hiked commissions arbitrarily which was cutting into their payouts.

Delhi HC dismisses plea by student against 100% DU cut-offs

Dismissing a plea challenging Delhi University’s admission policy for UG courses, the Delhi High Court Monday said certain state boards may have evolved different manners of assessment of class XII students, leading to some variation in the average results, but that does not render the varsity’s admission criteria “manifestly arbitrary” to require interference of the writ court.

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