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Delhi HC seeks reply on school land issue

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the state government and others on a PIL for the allotment of land for a minority educational institution. 8362095192_d08745b993

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath sought the response from the Delhi government, its education department, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Delhi Wakf Board by September 23.

Petitioner Firoz Bakht Ahmed sought directions to the DDA and Delhi Wakf Board to allot land for the construction of Qaumi School, a minority institution running from the Eidgah mosque due to non-availability of suitable land.

Ahmed said Qaumi School was launched in 1948 at Sarai Khaleel area with 23 rooms in a building, which was however razed during Emergency in 1975-76.

The Qaumi School, which caters to the poor students from the minority community, was later moved to the lawns of Eidgah, situated on the Wakf land at Jhandewalan Extention, central Delhi, the PIL said, adding that there was constant pressure from the Eidgah committee on the institute to vacate the premises.

The school was running under tin structure that leaked and was denied basic amenities and tools of education, the petitioner’s lawyer told the bench.

He said while the best possible school infrastructure was made available for the children of the rich and prime land provided to many school on subsidized rates, poor children from the minority community had to suffer.

“It is the state’s duty under article 38 of the constitution to secure a social order for the promotion of the welfare of the people,” the plea said.

(IANS)

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Delhi HC asks TRAI if compensation is the only solution for call drops

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) whether its order making it mandatory for cellular operators to compensate subscribers for call drops was the “only solution” to reduce call drops.

A division bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath asked if the sector regulator if it had considered all the objections raised by the telecom operators before passing the October 16 order.

The objection of the service provider does not reflect on the measures taken. Where is the application of mind? Was it the only solution?” the bench asked as it heard the plea of telecom operators for a stay on TRAI’s compensation policy for call drops, under which a rupee will be credited to the mobile users’ account for every call drop (restricted to three per day) starting January 1, 2016.

Earlier, TRAI had told the court that it will not take coercive steps against telecom companies for not complying with the call drop compensation norms till January 6.

On Thursday, the court did not pass any interim order saying if service providers begin compensating consumers for call drops as, per the new TRAI regulations, it won’t be possible to recover them if the rule was set aside in future.

Additional Solicitor General PS Narasimha, appearing for TRAI, said the order was taken after consumers began getting regular call drops. He said the telecom companies have not made enough investment on technology and infrastructure which could prevent call drops.

In the first quarter of 2015, about 25,787 crore outgoing call were made, out of which in 200 crore cases of call drops were encountered by consumers. This is 0.77 percent of all call made, Narasimha told the court adding that service provider made about Rs.36,781 crore during the period.

He further clarified that call drop compensation is applicable only when it has occurred from the call originator’s network.

We treated the compensation as a nominal penalty so that they fall in line. That’s why we kept it at only three calls. But consumers are asking to be compensated for all call drops,

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the telecom operators, argued that under the Quality of Service regulations, two percent of call drops are exempted. He also said that most cases of call drops were not because of the fault of the service providers as they have been facing difficulties in setting up new towers due to opposition from various fronts.(IANS)(Picture Courtesy: www.topnews.in)

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Minimise air pollution in Delhi by strictly implementing laws: HC

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday, observing that air pollution in Delhi is of an “emergency nature”, asked all authorities here to ensure that all rules are implemented to minimise the pollution level.

A division bench of Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said: “It is their (authorities) prime duty to ensure all rules are followed because the situation that has arisen today is of emergency nature.”

Further observing, that there are rules and acts to ensure maintenance of air quality levels but authorities have not done their work, the bench asked them to follow the rules.

Taking note that the pollution level has gone up on a year to year basis, the court asked the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to analyse the data available from 2011 onwards and provide the court a monthly average chart of each pollutant.

It has also been asked to give a weekly chart of the pollutants during the months from October to February for all the years from 2011 to 2015.

DPCC has also been asked to furnish details of action taken by it against any violations in the last five years.

On the rising levels of landfill sites in Delhi which handle 8,500 metric tonnes of waste generated by the city each day, the court said that the solid waste management rules were not implemented in Delhi.

“Himalayan range is developing in Delhi,” remarked the bench, as it posted the matter for January 14, 2016.

The court was hearing a PIL seeking measures to control increasing air pollution in the national capital.(IANS)

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Delhi high court puts the non-bailable warrant against ACB chief on hold

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Tuesday suspended the non-bailable warrant against M.K. Meena, the chief of Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) till September 23.

ACB chief M.K. Meena. Photo Credit: indiatoday.intoday.in
ACB chief M.K. Meena. Photo Credit: indiatoday.intoday.in

The warrant was issued on September 11 by the inquiry commission set up by the Delhi government to probe the CNG fitness scam after M.K. Meena failed to appear before the Special Investigation Team. The inquiry commission had also ordered that 30 percent of Meena’s salary be attached every month.

The commission had directed M.K. Meena on September 3, to appear before it regarding his directions to his subordinates not to share information pertaining to the CNG scam.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath was hearing, on Tuesday, a plea of the central government for quashing the inquiry commission’s order and also challenging the constitutionality and the establishment of the commission.

The Arvind Kejriwal government on August 11 had appointed the inquiry commission. The probe by the commission once again pitied the city government against the union government. The union government had called the commission as being “legally invalid.”

(With inputs from IANS)