Plea seeks quashing of Delhi Minorities Commission Act, removal of body chief Zafarul Islam; HC seeks AAP govt's stand
Delhi government additional standing counsel Anupam Srivastava, who also appeared for the LG's office, told the court that in another petition seeking removal of Khan from his post
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has sought the AAP government's response to a plea claiming that the Delhi Minorities Commission Act was invalid and seeking the removal of DMC chairperson Zafarul Islam Khan.
A bench of Justices Manmohan and Sanjeev Narula asked the Delhi government and the Lieutenant Governor's office to file a status report regarding the allegations in the petition and listed the matter for hearing on Thursday, 21 May.
Delhi government additional standing counsel Anupam Srivastava, who also appeared for the LG's office, told the court that in another petition seeking removal of Khan from his post, a single judge bench had on 11 May asked the administration to take a decision on the issue expeditiously as his term is set to expire on 14 July.
The latest petition, by social worker Vikram Gahlot, has contended that the Delhi Legislative Assembly did not have the powers to enact the DMC Act and therefore, the statute be declared as ultra vires the Constitution and be struck down.
Gahlot has also contended that since the Act was not valid, the appointments made under it, including that of the chairman, would also be invalid.
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However, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs has informed the court that there is no consignment is pending with the customs authorities
A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh said some of the pleas appeared to be filed on ideas that came to the petitioners' minds while 'having tea or walking on the road'
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