Speaking to The Indian Express, the girl’s father said, “I got my daughter admitted to school despite my unwillingness because if I did not get her admitted, she would not have got admission subsequently.”
Since Najeeb’s disappearance, his mother has been leading a spirited campaign to press the authorities and police to help trace her son. The court had, on May 16 this year, directed the CBI to take over the investigation from Delhi Police.
A bench of Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva was hearing a PIL that it had initiated in 2015, besides another plea filed by a person underlining the poor air quality in the national capital.
The bench highlighted that the plea filed by Swamy and advocate Ishkaran Singh Bhandari had said the investigation into Pushkar’s death was... “an extreme example of the slow motion of the criminal justice system and the extent to which it can be subverted.”
As disputes regarding payments arose, the matter was referred for arbitration as per terms of agreement, following which sole arbitrator O P Goel, former Director General, CPWD, on December 23, 2015, awarded an amount of around Rs 1.23 crore, with 12 per cent interest if it was not paid within reasonable time.
The petition alleged that school authorities illegally obtained the signature of Kajal’s aunt, who is illiterate, on a letter written by someone else which stated that she could not take responsibility of the girl as her parents lived in Ghaziabad.
The plea highlighted defacement of public property in Delhi University, properties within the jurisdiction of the MCDs and the Delhi Metro. It added that it was next to impossible to completely remove the defacement.
The plea said the proceedings were violative of the provisions of the Constitution of India and the principle of separation of powers. It said that the plea was only seeking a "declaratory judgment" on the issue of constitutionality of the proceedings.
Earlier, the NDMC had issued an eviction notice to CJ International, operator of the hotel, for its alleged failure to pay dues pegged at around Rs 605 crore. The operator then filed an appeal in the HC, which was quashed.
“The... trial court convicted all appellants based on conjecture and implications, which could not have been done as there was neither any proof of dowry demand nor harassment of deceased by the appellants...,” Justice Pratibha Rani said.
Citing several Supreme Court orders that shows the statement of the prosecutrix, if reliable, is enough to convict a rape accused, the court said the convict would not be entitled to any clemency till he spends 20 years in jail.