National Herald Case: Associated Journals (AJL) To Approach Supreme Court Against Eviction Order

Associated Journals Limited (AJL) has decided to approach the Top Court against Delhi High Court Divisional Bench Order that directed them to evict the Herald House. Nikhil Bhalla one of the counsels in the National Herald case, told media that they will approach the Top Court on the matter.

He said as quoted by ANI, “(We) had received a notice last evening and we had informed that we will be approaching the Supreme Court in the coming week. Don’t know why officials of the Land and Development Office came here today. There are no talks of vacating.” His statement came after a team of Land and Development of the Ministry visited the National Herald Campus earlier in the day on Friday.

Earlier on Thursday, The Delhi High Divisional Bench Court upheld the eviction of Associated Journals Limited from National Herald House in the national Capital. The Delhi High Court Bench comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V Kameshwar Rao pronounced the Judgement, however, have not clarified the on the time in which Associated Journals Limited has to evict the Herald building.

READ: National Herald Case: Delhi HC Divisional Bench Upholds Associated Journal (AJL) Eviction from Herald House

Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), the publisher of National Herald newspaper, on Jan 5 approached the Divisional Bench of the Delhi High Court challenging a single judge order asking it to vacate the premises in press enclave at ITO.

Earlier on December 21, Delhi High Court dismissed the petition filed by Associated Journals Limited challenging the eviction order of Oct 30 by land and development authority.

The Centre in its eviction order had mentioned a violation of lease conditions by the publisher of National Herald newspaper. Centre claimed that Herald Campus was used by AJL only for collecting rent from the sub-lessees, and not for the ‘bonafide purposes’ of running the newspaper.

The publisher had approached the high court on November 12 against the October 30 order of the Urban Development Ministry, asking it to vacate the building by November 15 stating that Herald House’s 56-year-old lease to Associated Journals Limited had ended.

The Publishers in the plea termed the Centre Government decision as ‘Politically Motivated’. It further stated that Order is intent to deceive, bais and is Politically Influenced.

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