Supreme Court stays Delhi HC’s order on National Herald House vacation

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New Delhi, April 5: Supreme Court on Friday stayed Delhi High Court order of February 28 which ordered vacation of ‘National Herald House’.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also issued a notice to Land and Development Office on an appeal of Associated Journal Ltd against the High Court order.

The Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), publisher of the National Herald newspaper, had moved the apex court challenging the High Court order on March 11.

On Feburary 28, a division bench of the Delhi High Court had refused to interfere with the single judge bench’s December 21, 2018 order, describing it as a reasonable order passed in the facts and circumstances of the present case.

The AJL, in its plea before the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order, had contended that the “determination of the lease deed (by the Land and Development Officer) is ex facie malicious, arbitrary, based on extraneous grounds, and has been effected for political considerations contrary to the express provisions of the lease deed itself”.

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