This Article is From Mar 01, 2019

National Herald Publisher To Move Supreme Court Against Eviction Order

The Delhi high court rejected a request by Associated Journals, publisher of National Herald newspaper, in which it had challenged a previous order asking it to vacate the office space in central Delhi.

National Herald Publisher To Move Supreme Court Against Eviction Order

Delhi High Court had asked the publishers of National Herald to evict the Herald House in Delhi.

New Delhi:

Associated Journals Limited, the publisher of Congress-linked National Herald, has decided to approach the Supreme Court against Delhi High Court's order asking them to evict the Herald House in New Delhi.

Nikhil Bhalla, one of the counsel in the National Herald case, said, "(We) had received a notice last evening and had informed that we will be approaching the Supreme Court in the coming week. Don't know why officials of Land and Development Office came here today. There are no talks of vacating."

His statement came after a team of Land and Development of the Ministry of Urban Development on Friday reached Herald House for the possession.

On December 21 last year, the Delhi High Court's single bench had dismissed the petition filed by the Associated Journals Limited, 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 the Associated Journals Limited and had said that the Herald House's 56-year-old lease to the Associated Journals Limited had ended.

The publisher had then approached the High Court on November 12 last year against the eviction order of the Union Urban Development Ministry. In its petition, they said, "Central government's decision to cancel the lease is politically motivated".

The petition added that the order is vitiated by mala fide 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 first Prime Minister of the country Jawaharlal Nehru, by the powers that be," the petition read.

Associated Journals Limited also said that "shutting down National Herald premises was a deliberate attempt by the government to suppress and destroy the legacy of Nehru".