The publisher has challenged the Centre's order ending its 56-year-old lease and asking it to vacate the premises in the press enclave at ITO in New Delhi.

A day after the publisher of the National Herald newspaper approached the Delhi High Court challenging the Centre’s order ending its 56-year-old lease, the court on Tuesday said there is no urgency in the plea of Associated Journals Ltd AJL. The publisher had yesterday challenged the Centre’s order ending its lease and asking it to vacate the premises in the press enclave at ITO in New Delhi.

Justice Sunil Gaur said the court will hear the AJL’s plea on November 15 now, reports PTI.

Challenging the October 30 order of the Urban Development Ministry, the AJL in its plea sought quashing of the Land and Development Office’s order on the ground that it was “illegal, unconstitutional, arbitrary, tainted with malafide intention and without authority and jurisdiction”.

Yesterday, a petition was filed by AJL in this regard. “The petitioner (AJL) has been in lawful possession of the demised premises for the last 56 years (since 1962) and the respondent (Centre) vide the impugned order, seek to dispossess the petitioner and re-enter the premises…,” said the petition, filed through advocates Sunil Fernandes and Priyansha Indra Sharma.

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