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Pritam Pal Singh


Reports on legal affairs from New Delhi for The Indian Express.

Ensure accommodation to riot victims in night shelters, community centres: Delhi HC tells govt
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Advocate Amit Mahajan, representing the Delhi Police and Ministry of Home Affairs, and Delhi government’s standing counsel (criminal) Rahul Mehra stated that they will provide every possible help to the riot-affected victims.

Covid-19: HC suspends breathalyser test, biometric verification for railway loco staff
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

The order came after the All India Loco Running Staff Association approached the High Court expressing apprehension about contracting COVID-19 infections while using same breathalysers and biometric devices

Citing vulnerability to COVID-19 in jail, Christian Michel moves HC for bail
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

The High Court is already seized of Michel’s bail application, which was opposed by the CBI and ED on the ground that he was “brought to India with unprecedented difficulty and there is all likelihood of him fleeing from justice, if enlarged on bail”.

Delhi High Court directs MEA to ensure well-being of Indians stranded in Kazakhstan
Thu, Mar 26, 2020

A bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Talwant Singh ordered the government “to expeditiously facilitate, secure and provide the students with all basic amenities and humanitarian assistance in terms of medical care, boarding (food), lodging and transportation, as may be necessary or warranted”.

Delhi HC extends bail, parole, stay orders till May 15
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

The court clarified that if the extension of the interim order causes 'any hardship of an extreme nature to a party to such proceeding', they are at liberty to seek appropriate relief.

Amid coronavirus, PIL in Allahabad HC seeks to extend retirement age of medical officers
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) by Dr Prem Singh, which is likely to be heard on Thursday, seeks to “extend the age of retirement of medical officers and doctors up to the age of 70 years or 65 years with immediate effect”.

Indian students stranded in Kazakhstan: Delhi HC steps in, orders appointment of nodal officer
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

The bench, in a special hearing held through video conferencing, directed the authorities that the “details and other necessary particulars of the Nodal Officer, so appointed, including his name and telephone number, be communicated to the Indian students stranded at the Almaty Airport, Kazakhstan”.

Delhi High Court, 7 district courts suspend operations till April 4
Tue, Mar 24, 2020

The High Court and the trial courts were functioning under restrictions since March 1.

Coronavirus: Delhi High Court suspends breath analyser tests for all air traffic contollers
Tue, Mar 24, 2020

The court also observed that there is a need for the authorities to decide on an alternate, less invasive and less risky equipment for conduct of breath analyser tests.

To decongest city jails, Delhi government considers releasing some prisoners on parole
Tue, Mar 24, 2020

Delhi Prisons Director General Sandeep Goel said, “We will try to release around 1,500 convicts (on parole/furlough) and around same number i.e. 1,500 UTPs (on interim-bail) in coming 3-4 days.”

Dec 16 Delhi gangrape convicts set to hang early this morning
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

In a late-night hearing, the Delhi High Court held that the grounds raised by the counsel of the convicts, including that one of them is a juvenile, had already been dealt with by courts.

Of 1,514 Indians in Iran, 298 tested positive for COVID-19: Govt
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

The Ministries of External Affairs and Health, in a joint report filed before Justice Navin Chawla on Wednesday, stated the low rate is largely due to the large number of medical students in Iran.

December 16 gangrape: Convict claims wasn’t in Delhi, plea dismissed
Thu, Mar 19, 2020

Mukesh had moved the HC Wednesday, stating that “denial of calling of records, explanation and examination of effect of evidence is denial of justice and is also cruelty”.

Member of panel that picked Jamia V-C changes mind, tells President: Remove her
Wed, Mar 18, 2020

Three months ago, Najma Akhtar, Jamia’s first woman V-C, had criticised the Delhi Police for barging into the Jamia campus following violence during anti-CAA protests in south Delhi.

Explained: 35 years after transistor blasts in Delhi, how prosecution’s case fell
Thu, Mar 12, 2020

On May 10, 1985, bombs fitted in transistors went off in buses and other places in Delhi and adjoining areas of UP and Haryana. On the next two days, two more live transistor bombs were found in Delhi.

35 yrs after Delhi blasts, 30 acquitted: Court says probe defective, lopsided
Sun, Mar 08, 2020

The court in its 128-page order also said the prosecution failed to establish the motive to commit the crime.

Delhi riot: HC asks hospitals to Videotape autopsies
Sat, Mar 07, 2020

The court's direction to the Delhi Police came after a man moved a habeas corpus petition seeking direction to produce his brother-in-law, Hamza (25), missing since February 26.

Coronavirus: Plea in Delhi HC seeks airlifting of Indian students in Iran varsities
Wed, Mar 04, 2020

Justice I S Mehta issued a notice to the Ministries of Home, External Affairs, Civil Aviation and Health, seeking status reports by the next date of hearing on March 11 after hearing a plea by nine parents — all residents of Kashmir.

Contempt case against Anil Ambani: More people involved in giving undue benefit, police tell Delhi HC
Tue, Mar 03, 2020

The Supreme Court on February 20 last year had held Ambani guilty of contempt of court for not honouring an undertaking to pay Rs 550 crore in dues to Ericsson India Ltd.

Delhi: Rs 24 lakh relief given to those affected, HC told
Tue, Mar 03, 2020

During the hearing of a plea on Monday, the Delhi High Court sought urgent orders for safe passage of ambulances for the injured and rehabilitation of violence-hit people.