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

On Delhi riot probe note, HC tells Special CP: Why the need, show 5 such letters
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

As reported by The Indian Express, Special Commissioner of Police Praveer Ranjan’s July 8 order had also stated that “due care and precaution” must be taken while making arrests.

Delhi HC: Why insist on physical presence to register workers?
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

It ordered the 25 advocates, who have been engaged as field verification officers for verifying applications for renewal of registration, to start their work “forthwith”.

‘Hindus resentful’: HC seeks copy of officer’s note to riot probe teams
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

Justice Suresh Kumar Kait issued the direction on a plea by Sahil Parvez, whose father was shot dead near his home, and Mohd Saeed Salmani, whose mother was lynched inside her house.

613 cases in Delhi on Monday, lowest in 2 months: Why more antigen than RT-PCR, asks HC
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

The bench was of the view that in light of the National Centre for Disease Control’s sero-survey report and the high rate of false negatives of RAT, “RT-PCR tests, whose numbers are plummeting, should be ramped up”.

HC restrains Delhi Police from issuing statement on Pinjra Tod activist’s case
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

As per the petition, Kalita is accused in four FIRs, including one for allegedly participating in protests at Darya Ganj on December 20 last year and two for her alleged role in the anti-CAA Jafrabad sit-in protest in February.

Delhi’s positivity rate had crossed 30%, but at 5% now, says Satyendar Jain
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

Delhi reported 1,142 new cases and 29 deaths due to Covid on Saturday, taking the total number of cases and fatalities to 1,29,531 and 3,806 respectively.

Counsel drama in February riots cases irks Delhi HC
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

The court’s observation came after it was informed through Centre’s Standing Counsel Amit Mahajan that Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Amit Prasad has been appointed by the President of India to represent Delhi Police in the matter.

Delhi HC grants bail to ex-Fortis promoter, says probe must have ‘time-limited process’
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

The court observed that “people’s trust in the criminal justice system must rest on surer footing than on pre-trial punishment by keeping accused persons in prison”.

In riot case, Delhi HC says police taking system for a ride
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

Justice Suresh Kumar Kait said the Delhi Police is “misusing the judicial system” and taking the “system for ride”, despite the fact that their petition seeking cancellation of Farooq’s bail is pending adjudication before it in another petition.

HC pulls up Tihar for detaining man in jail for 10 days despite bail order
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad further directed the Director General (Prisons) to conduct an inquiry into the matter and file a status report within three weeks.

Plea on hate speech, fake news: FB points to steps taken, Google says allegations baseless
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

The submissions were made before a bench of Justices Rajiv Sahai Endlaw and Asha Menon, who heard a PIL by former RSS ideologue K N Govindacharya, seeking removal of fake news and hate speech from online platforms.

Delhi HC pulls up ICMR over wait for approvals
Fri, Jul 17, 2020

“Don’t you (ICMR) think one month is too long considering the Covid-19 pandemic situation? Why are you giving one month,” a bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad observed.

Delhi: As antigen tests drive surge in city testing, RT-PCR drop in last 4 days
Fri, Jul 17, 2020

On Thursday, Delhi saw 1,652 new cases, 58 deaths and 1,994 recoveries. The total caseload is now 1,18,645 and the death toll stands at 3,545. The total number of patients recovered/discharged is 97,693.

Pinjra Tod activist plea: Delhi HC says police stand ‘unacceptable’
Fri, Jul 17, 2020

“... This is an unacceptable stand. If this is the understanding that Delhi Police has, then this must be corrected,” Justice Vibhu Bakhru observed

Arrest of Pinjra Tod activist: Tweets rile Delhi police, court says not targeted at you
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

“This is reprehensible... Are you going to communalise the police, by presenting in this manner...,” Lekhi said, adding that “whatever the opinion may be, the comment has to be civilised.

Delhi: Sero survey result not out, HC raps institute under Centre for delay
Wed, Jul 15, 2020

A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad directed the NCDC, which comes under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, to place before it the report related to the sero survey by Wednesday.

Open book exams at DU to begin from August 10
Wed, Jul 15, 2020

DU had initially proposed to hold the exams from August 17 to September 8. Now, they are set to begin on August 10 and end by August 31.

No evidence so far to link speeches to riots: Police to HC
Tue, Jul 14, 2020

The averments were made by the Delhi Police in a common preliminary affidavit filed in response to a batch of PILs before the High Court.

DU will hold final-year exams from August 17, varsity tells HC
Tue, Jul 14, 2020

The exams will be held in the online Open Book Examinations (OBE) mode "remotely", Delhi University said.

NE Delhi riots: Kapil Mishra named in 2 complaints, court seeks police response
Sun, Jul 12, 2020

The two applications under CrPC section 156 (3), seeking direction for registration of FIRs, were filed before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate at Karkardooma Court.

Delhi HC raps police on affidavit in Kalita plea: ‘Allegations unwarranted, irresponsible’
Fri, Jul 10, 2020

Kalita (31) had sought directions to the police not to leak allegations about her to the media while investigation was pending.

Need clarity on testing of pregnant women: Delhi HC
Fri, Jul 10, 2020

The HC even threatened to impose costs on the government if they do not address the issue at the earliest, saying “you can’t tell the pregnant woman to wait for 48 hours”.

Online open book exams postponed until after August 15, Delhi University tells High Court
Thu, Jul 09, 2020

"The new notification for the conduct of the examinations along with the revised date sheets and other information shall be provided on the official website of the University in due course of time," it added.

Clamour for Kalita innocence a ruse, says police in court
Wed, Jul 08, 2020

As per the petition in court, Kalita is accused in four FIRs, including one for allegedly participating in protests in Darya Ganj on December 20 last year and two for her alleged role in the anti-CAA Jafrabad sit-in protest in February.

Delhi High Court comes to aid of couple, tells JNU hostel to let them in
Sun, Jul 05, 2020

The court observed that the couple have no other place to go and are unlikely to get an “alternate accommodation in a hurry especially in trying pandemic times”.

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