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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Delhi Riots: 23-weeks pregnant Jamia student Safoora Zargar gets bail from HC on humanitarian ground
The Delhi High Court Tuesday granted bail to Safoora Zargar, the pregnant Jamia university student who was arrested under anti-terror law UAPA in a case related to communal violence in northeast Delhi during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, as Solicitor General Tushar Mehta did not oppose the court's decision on humanitarian grounds.
Pregnancy not ground for bail, Delhi Police tells HC in response to Jamia student Safoora Zargar's petition
The Delhi Police, in its status report opposing Zargar's bail plea, said a clear and cogent case has been made out against the accused woman and as such she is not entitled for bail for the grave and serious offences.
The SC also expunged adverse remarks of the HC against the NIA made in its 27 May order while dealing with the bail plea of accused Gautam Navlakha.