National Herald case: HC to hear on Jan 16 appeal of AJL against order to vacate premises

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday said it will hear on January 16 the appeal of Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), publisher of National Herald newspaper, challenging the single judge order asking it to vacate its premises in New Delhi, due to non-availability of advocates on January 15.

In the morning, the court was informed that Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who would argue the case on behalf of the Centre and senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing AJL, were not available during the day and the matter be listed on January 15.

However, at 12:15 pm, the counsel for both sides again mentioned the matter before a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V.K Rao that the matter be heard on January 16 as Singhvi would not be available on January 15 as well.

The court listed the matter for hearing on January 16 after both the sides consented to it.

A single judge on December 21, 2018 had dismissed AJL's plea challenging the Centre's order to vacate its premises in press enclave at ITO in New Delhi and asked it to vacate it within two weeks after which eviction proceedings under the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971 would be initiated.

AJL has approached the high court seeking a stay on operation of the single judge's order.