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HC notice to government on vacating 990 Waqf properties



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.




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Delhi High Court Dismisses Plea Seeking Regulation on Netflix, Amazon Prime

The plea had also sought an order to the ministries to direct the online platforms "to remove legally restricted content with immediate effect"

A gardener works on the lawns of the Supreme Court in New Delhi, India, Aug. 22, 2017. India's Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has presided over a string of verdicts in recent weeks that grant more rights to women, gay couples and religious minorities as he prepares to retire from the bench next month. VOA

The Delhi High Court Friday dismissed a plea seeking framing of guidelines by government to regulate the functioning of online media streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao rejected the petition after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting informed it that online platforms are not required to obtain any licence from the ministry.

Central government standing counsel Vikram Jetly said the content on online platforms is not being regulated by the ministry.

The court had earlier made it clear that it was not issuing notice on the petition by NGO Justice for Rights Foundation but was only seeking the government’s response on the plea which also alleged that the online media streaming platforms show “uncertified, sexually explicit and vulgar” content.

In its plea filed through advocate Harpreet S Hora, the NGO had claimed that online media streaming platforms, that also include Hotstar, show content which is “unregulated and uncertified” for public viewing.


The court had asked the Centre’s counsel to seek instructions as to whether the alleged broadcasting on the online platforms is based on any licence or regulatory measures provided by government or any regulatory body.

The plea had claimed that television series like “Sacred Games”, “Game of Thrones” and “Spartacus”, shown on platforms like Netflix, contain “vulgar, profane, sexually explicit, pornographic, morally unethical and virulent” content which often “depict women in objectifying manner”.

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It had sought directions to the ministries of communication, information and broadcasting as well as law and justice to frame guidelines to regulate such platforms and the content they broadcast.

The plea had also sought an order to the ministries to direct the online platforms “to remove legally restricted content with immediate effect”. (IANS)