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Union Law Ministry notifies Delhi HC Amendment Act, 2015

Union Law Ministry has notified Delhi High Court Amendment Act, 2015 which was passed by Parliament in August, 2015.

The Amendment Acts amends the Delhi High Court Act, 1966 in order to reduce the workload of the Delhi High Court.

Key provisions

  • Provides for enhancement of pecuniary jurisdiction of the District Courts of Delhi from 20 lakh to 2 crore rupees.
  • Empowers the Chief Justice (CJ) of the Delhi High Court to transfer any pending suit to a relevant subordinate court.

Implications: This amendment act reduces the burden of Delhi High Court and seeks to substantively improve disposal of cases in subordinate Courts. It will also facilitate access of the general public to District Courts ensuring speedy justice to litigants at their door steps.

This is second amendment to the parent act and the last revision of pecuniary jurisdiction was done in 2003 to raise it from five lakh to 20 lakh rupees.

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First car-free day observed in Delhi

First Car-Free Day was observed in Delhi on 22 October 2015 to encourage the people to use public transport instead of using their cars.

It was observed from 7 AM till 12 noon on the stretch connecting Red Fort to India Gate via Delhi Gate and ITO.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia took part to observe this day by taking part in a cycle rally. DTC also had deployed additional buses with frequency of one or two minutes on this route for better facilitation of commuters.

Delhi government has decided to observe ‘Car-Free Day’ on different road stretches on the 22nd of every month. This initiative seeks to reduce pollution and traffic congestion in Delhi by encouraging residents to use public transport.

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Reva Khetrapal selected as Lokayukta of Delhi

Former Delhi High Court judge Reva Khetrapal has been selected as Delhi’s new Lokayukta.

The post was lying vacant since 2013 after retired Justice Manmohan Sarin had relinquished office after completing five-year term.

With this, she will become the fourth Lokayukta of Delhi and shall have five years terms as per Delhi Lokayukta and Uplokayukta Act, 1995.

Background

  • Justice Khetrapal was chosen as head of anti-corruption ombudsman unanimously by a four-member panel.
  • The panel included Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Justice of Delhi High Court G Rohini and Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta.

It should be noted that she will be appointed by President Pranab Mukherjee after Lt Governor recommends her name to President.

About Reva Khetrapal

  • Reva Khetrapal had practiced in the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court from 1975 to 1991. She was elevated to the HC in 2006 and she retired in September 2014.
  • In 1991, she was appointed sessions judge and additional district. Later she was posted as special judge (narcotics) in 1994.
  • In 1999, She was also appointed secretary, Press Council of India (PCI).

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