Delhi High Court Round-Up for May 24

Important cases heard in the Delhi High Court on Wednesday, May 24:

* HC upheld a central government order dismissing former IPS officer Satish Chandra Verma, who assisted the CBI in its probe in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case, a month before his scheduled retirement.

* HC granted author Anand Ranganathan four weeks to file an affidavit in a criminal contempt case over his alleged remarks against a judge of the court.

* Former deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia withdrew from HC his interim bail pleas in cases related to alleged irregularities in formulation and implementation of the now-scrapped Delhi excise policy, saying the medical condition of his wife was stable.

* HC sought the stand of the Delhi University (DU) on a petition by an NSUI leader, who was earlier debarred over screening of a controversial BBC documentary on the 2002 Gujarat riots, alleging that the varsity was not accepting his PhD thesis even after the debarment order was set aside.

* HC sought to know from news channel Aaj Tak why it wanted to telecast the recording of narco analysis conducted on Aaftab Amin Poonawala, the man accused of strangling his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar and dismembering her body.

* HC deferred till August 23 the hearing of a petition by St Stephen’s College against Delhi University’s notification insisting on admissions under minority quota solely on the basis of the CUET scores, in view of the pendency of a related matter before the Supreme Court.

* HC upheld the life imprisonment awarded to a man for kidnapping and raping a 6-year-old girl in 2015, saying the convincing evidence tendered by the victim was corroborated by medical evidence.

* HC upheld the validity of a city government order making it mandatory for a person to be a Delhi resident to become a civil defence volunteer.

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