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Municipal by-elections to be conducted within three months: Delhi HC

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court ordered State Election Commission to conduct by-elections in 13 municipal wards in the national capital within three months.

A division bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath gave the directions to the poll panel while hearing a PIL filed by 20-year-old law student Sanjana Gahlot after she saw the poor condition of her village in west Delhi and later came to know that there was no counselor to look after the civic issues.

The PIL sought to hold by-elections in 13 wards and to fill casual vacancies in the councillorship in all the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD).

The state Election Commission told the court that it needed Rs.21 crore to conduct these elections.

The Delhi government also informed the court that it was in the process of evaluating the request by the state Election Commission for the release of funds and manpower for holding the by-elections.

A councilor is the most important elected representative in a ward. He/she addresses issues such as sanitation, cleanliness, development, the PIL stated.

The councilors of nine wards had resigned from their position in December 2013 after being elected as legislators in the Delhi assembly elections. Four more resigned after the February 2015 assembly polls. No by-elections have been held to fill these vacancies.

Seven wards in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, four in North DMC and two in the East DMC are currently without councilors.(IANS)

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Delhi High Court Directs Private Clinic to Continue with the Stem Cell Treatment

The clinic, which is administering the medicine, cannot function under the new rules until the licence is duly obtained

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Delhi High Court. Source- Wikimedia

In an interim relief, the Delhi High Court has directed a private clinic to continue with the stem cell treatment being provided to the patients till its further orders.

The court’s interim direction came while hearing various petitions challenging the Centre’s decision to put stem cell therapy in the category of new drugs.

The petitioners were being provided stem cell treatment in Nutech Mediworld Clinic in Green Park here.

A Division Bench of justices Anu Malhotra and Talwant Singh said that all details of treatment being provided to the petitioners by the clinic be placed on record with an affidavit.

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The court has sought the response of Centre and Indian Council of Medical Research to file reply on the petition and listed the matter for September 4 for further hearing.

The court has directed authorities concerned to examine whether the products being administered to the petitioners, prima facie, fall within the scope of the expression ‘new drugs’ as defined under Rule 2(1) (w) of New Drugs and Clinical Trial Rules, 2019 and communicate the view to the petitioners and the said clinic.

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On account of the Centre’s fresh notification on ‘New Drugs and Clinical Rule 2019’, some medications used for the treatment would fall under the definition of ‘new drug’ and require approval from the authority concerned.

The clinic, which is administering the medicine, cannot function under the new rules until the licence is duly obtained. (IANS)