The Delhi High Court on Wednesday adjourned an appeal preferred by the Delhi Government against the Single Judge High Court Order ruling the statement made by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to pay the rent of any tenant who is unable to pay the rent due to poverty.
The Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Navin Chawla adjourned the petition to September 27, 2022. The petition had been filed by five migrant labours, who had stayed in Delhi, believing the statements made by the Delhi CM.
Advocate Gaurav Jain, appearing on the behalf of the migrant labours, submitted that the statement made by the Delhi CM and acts like these, will lead to a trust deficit amongst the public.
Gautam Narayan, appearing on behalf of the Delhi Government, questioned the bonafides of the petitioner and stated that the statement made had been fulfilled in part.
Advocate Jain sought a short date in the matter stating that “the Fundamental Rights of people are more important than any calendar ”
In a press conference on March 29 last year, CM Kejriwal requested all landlords to postpone the demand for collection of rent from those tenants “who are poor and poverty stricken” and also promised that if any tenant is unable to pay the rent due to poverty, the government would pay on their behalf.
The Single-Judge Bench of Pratibha M. Singh had ruled that a promise given by a sitting Chief Minister “clearly amounts to an enforceable promise”, the implementation of which ought to be considered by the State.
The AAP Government in its appeal has stated that the statement had been picked out of context to “constitute a sweeping and unconditional promise/representation”.
On September 27, 2021, the division bench of the High Court had stayed the operation, implementation and execution of the judgment July 22, 2021, passed by Justice Singh. The Court had told the AAP government that “If you can say, say boldly that I had no intention but I had spoken the statement,”–
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