Delhi High Court Round-Up for Tuesday

Important cases heard in the Delhi High Court on Tuesday, August 29:

* HC sought the response of the central government on a plea by prominent public policy think tank, the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), challenging the suspension of its Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) licence over alleged violation of laws.

* Observing that a prisoner’s basic constitutional rights persist even behind bars, the HC has constituted a four-member fact-finding committee of lawyers to “meticulously” inspect the living conditions in Tihar jail, including the status of drinking water, sanitation, overall hygiene and maintenance of washrooms in the prison complex.

*Insulting a woman or being rude to her and not behaving in a chivalrous manner will not amount to outraging the modesty of a woman, the HC has held while setting aside an order putting a man on trial for calling a woman gandi aurat’.

* HC dismissed a petition challenging election of Union minister Meenakshi Lekhi to the Lok Sabha on the allegations of discrepancies in poll expenditure, saying the plea fundamentally lacked material facts essential to confer it with a cause of action.

* eSewa Kendra of the HC and the district courts here have been directed to extend necessary assistance to specially abled or visually impaired advocates and litigants in converting non-OCR files to accessibility compliant format.

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