National Herald case: Maintain status quo till the next hearing, High Court to Centre

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WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 15, 2018, 01.53 PM (IST) Jessica Taneja

Delhi High Court has adjourned AJL (Associated Journals limited) plea seeking quashing Centre's order of eviction and told the Centre to maintain status quo till the next hearing on November 22. 

Associated journals limited, the publishers of National Herald newspaper moved Delhi high court after they were asked to handover the possession to the centre by November 15. While the centre also warned that AJL's failure to vacate the premises will result in penalisation under the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Act, 1971. 

The plea states that Centre's order for eviction is illegal, unconstitutional arbitrary, tainted with malafide and without authority and jurisdiction. However senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi arguing for the publisher (AJL) said that the prosecution had ulterior political motives. 

On December 4th, Supreme Court bench of Justices AK Sikri and SA Nazeer will hear Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi’s appeal challenging Delhi High Court's order which had dismissed their pleas against IT departments reopening of their tax assessments for the year 2011-2012. 

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Associated journals limited, the publishers of National Herald newspaper moved Delhi high court after they were asked to handover the possession to the centre by November 15.