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Delhi High Court Adjourns National Herald Building Lease Case For Nov 22, Orders To Maintain Status Quo

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| November 15 , 2018 , 14:35 IST

As hearing resumes in the Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) plea challenging the central government order to end the 56-year-old lease of National Herald building, Delhi High Court on Thursday adjourned the hearing for November 22.

The Court has also ordered to maintain status quo till the next date of hearing.

Commenting on the matter Lawyer and a member of the Indian National Congress party, Abhishek M Singhvi said, “It is malicious prosecution and impugned order vitiated by malafides and ulterior political motives."

The National Herald also took to its Twitter account, "Why is the Government is trying to cancel the 56-year old lease of Herald House on specious grounds? Does it find National Herald, Navjivan and Qaumi Awaz inconvenient because they show the truth to power? Is their growing digital presence undermining their agenda?

The plea sought quashing of the Urban and Development Ministry order ending the 56-year-old lease and to vacate the premises by November 15.

The order is that no press has been functioning in the premises for the last at least 10 years and that it is being used only for commercial purposes in violation of the lease deed, however, the AJL had refuted the allegation.

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“The requirement of running a press cannot mean that all press and printing-related activities have to necessarily be conducted at the same premises, that is, demised premises. The imperatives of prudent commercial business operations may necessitate that the petitioner company utilise the infrastructure or the premises at some other place as a supplement to their operations in the present demised premises,” the plea said.

“The necessary licenses and authorisations for the purposes of publication were also placed on record, in particular, the necessary licenses have been obtained by the petitioner (AJL),” it added.