Law & Judiciary

    SC asks AAP to vacate party office in Delhi by June 15

    The Hawk
    March4/ 2024
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    AAP Urged to Seek New Land Allotment Amid Judicial Infrastructure Needs. Court Urges Swift Decision from Land Office, Highlights AAP's Lack of Legal Right to Current Premises.

    The Supreme Court of India

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday granted the Aam Aadmi Party time till June 15, 2024, to vacate its offices at Rouse Avenue here after noting that the land was allotted to the Delhi High Court for expanding judicial infrastructure.

    A bench of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justices J B Pardiwala and Manoj Misra asked AAP to approach the Land And Development Office for allotment of land for its offices.

    "We would request the L&DO to process the application and communicate its decision within a period of four weeks," the bench said, adding AAP has no lawful right to continue on the land.

    Senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi, appearing for the city's ruling party, submitted that AAP is one of the six national parties in the country.

    "They are telling us as a national party we get nothing. I'm given Badarpur, while everyone else is in better places," Singhvi said.

    "In view of the impending general elections, we gant time until June 15, 2024 to vacate the premises so that land allotted to expand the district judiciary's footprint can be utilised on an expeditious basis," the court said.

    The top court had earlier directed the Delhi government and the Registrar General of the Delhi High Court to hold a meeting for the removal of encroachment by AAP on the land allotted to the HC at Rouse Avenue.