AJL also stated that shutting down National Herald premises was a
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday reserved its order in the case pertaining to the eviction of Herald House by the Associated Journals Limited (AJL). The court has asked the Centre and the AJL to file their written submissions.
AJL had appealed against the single bench order of the Delhi High Court, asking the company to vacate the Herald House. AJL is the publisher of the National Herald newspaper.
On December 21 last year, the Delhi High Court's single bench had dismissed the petition filed by the 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 the AJL and had said that the Herald House's 56-year-old lease to the AJL 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, 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 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.
AJL also stated that shutting down National Herald premises was a "deliberate attempt" by the government to suppress and destroy the legacy of Nehru.