National Herald Case: AJL Files Appeal In High Court Demanding Stay On Eviction Order

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| January 6 , 2019 , 17:24 IST

The publisher of the National Herald newspaper, Associated Journals Limited (AJL), moved the Delhi High Court on Sunday.

In its plea, AJL asked the court to order an immediate stay on the earlier order of the court to vacate the premises in press enclave at ITO in the interest of "justice". The court is expected to hear the matter on January 9.

Earlier, the Urban Development Ministry said ALJ's 56-year-old lease on Herald House had ended and asked it to vacate the premises by November 15, if not eviction proceedings under the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Act, 1971 will take place.

On November 12, the publisher approached the High Court challenging the ministry's order. But the court dismissed the plea.

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The government had told the court that no press had been functioning in the premises for at least 10 years and it had been used only for commercial purposes, in violation of its lease.

"The dominant purpose for which the premises were leased out to the petitioners no longer exists," said the court in its order on December 21, adding that the petitioners had not revealed the circulation of the newspaper, in print and online.

What is known as the "National Herald case" is described by the BJP as a prime example of corruption by the Congress and the Gandhi family.