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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the state revenue secretary and Delhi Waqf Board on a PIL seeking direction for enforcement of eviction orders of 990 Waqf properties in the national capital.

A bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath sought response from the government and Waqf Board by September 1 on a PIL filed by advocate Shahid Ali, who sought an order for enforcing the eviction order, hanging fire for last many years, relating to the Waqf (charitable endowment) properties.

The 990 properties have already been ordered to be vacated from illegal and unauthorised occupation of encroachers under section 54 of Wakf Act, 1995 but the sub-divisional magistrates concerned had not been enforcing such orders, Ali said.

Hearing the plea, the court asked the counsel for the revenue authority, under whom the ll SDMs come, why Waqf laws have been framed and created. It also questioned as to why Waqf tribunals were not constituted.

Counsel appearing for the Waqf board told the court that this was in the process.

(IANS)

 

 

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The Association of Publishers in India (API) on Tuesday welcomed the Delhi High Court order which stipulated that sale of non-NCERT books must not be disallowed in CBSE-affiliated schools, calling the practice “discriminatory”.

“The court decision exemplifies the point that an ideal education system is the one that recognizes the role of multiple stakeholders and is learner-centric. The decision has been welcomed by not just students and parents but also by schools, private publishers, authors and others as it symbolizes ‘freedom of choice’ in education,” the representative body of publishers of academic texts said in a statement.

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“The ruling, in addition to providing convenience to children and parents, will also enable them to choose books depending on their preference,” it said.

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In doing so, the court overturned the April 2017 injunction issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which asked affiliating schools not to indulge in “commercial” activities.

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The court said the availability of uniforms, non-NCERT reference books or even food items for sale only to the students of the school does not fall in the category of and cannot at all be considered as commercialization.

Earlier in its circular, the board had asked the schools to “desist from the unhealthy practice of coercing parents to buy textbooks, notebooks, stationery, uniforms, shoes, school bags etc from within the premise or from selected vendors only” and directed them to operate as doing “community service” as per the board by-laws.

Minister of State for Human Resource Development Upendra Kushwaha, in December last year, told Parliament that CBSE has not directed students or schools to buy or prescribe NCERT books only. (IANS)