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Delhi HC defers hearing on vacating Herald House to January 16

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The on Wednesday deferred hearing on Associated Journals Limited's (AJL) plea, challenging the single bench judgment to vacate the Herald House in the capital, to January 16. is the publisher of the Herald newspaper.

The High Court changes the date at the request of Earlier the hearing was scheduled for January 15.

On December 21 last year, the had dismissed the petition filed by AJL, challenging the Centre's decision to cancel its lease and vacate the Herald House.

The Centre, in its eviction order passed on October 30 last year, had mentioned the violation of lease conditions by and had said that the Herald House's 56-year-old lease to had ended.

The publisher had then approached the high court on November 12 last year against the eviction order of the

AJL, in its petition, stated that the Central government's decision to cancel the lease is "politically motivated." It further stated that the impugned order is vitiated by mala fides and biases, and had been issued with oblique political motives.

"The proceedings have been initiated for the purposes of scuttling the voices of dissent and the voice of the largest opposition party in the country. It is a clear affront to the freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under Article 19(1) (a) of the Constitution and a deliberate attempt to suppress and destroy the legacy of the of the country Jawaharlal Nehru, by the powers that be," the petition read.

AJL also stated that shutting down premises was a "deliberate attempt by the government to suppress and destroy the legacy of Nehru.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 15:10 IST