Delhi High Court Round-Up for Friday

Important cases heard in the Delhi High Court on Friday, February 23:

* HC dismissed TMC leader Mahua Moitra’s plea against alleged leakage of “confidential” information from the Enforcement Directorate to the media in relation to a probe against her under the Foreign Exchange Management Act and the consequent press reports violating her rights to privacy and fair investigation.

* HC refused to permit prayers at the recently demolished Akhoondji mosque and the nearby graveyard in Mehrauli on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat.

* HC allowed a plea filed by former Union minister M J Akbar seeking an early hearing of his appeal challenging a trial court order that acquitted journalist Priya Ramani in a criminal defamation case filed by him over her allegations of sexual harassment.

* HC asked the AAP how a “ruling” political party could seek permission to hold a protest in the national capital when there was a prohibitory order in force against gatherings in view of ongoing farmers’ protests.

* HC expressed concern over the pollution level in the national capital and pulled up authorities for their “insensitive” approach towards preservation of trees.

* HC was assured by the Delhi Assembly authorities that the indefinite suspension of seven BJP MLAs for interrupting Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena’s address at the start of the budget session was not an attempt to stifle dissent in the House and the privileges committee proceedings against them would be concluded without any delay.

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