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Delhi sealing drive : SC Pulls up Manoj Tiwari, says ‘We’ll Make You Sealing Officer’

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New Delhi, Sep 25 : The Supreme Court on Tuesday criticised BJP Delhi chief and MP Manoj Tiwari for violating its directions on the sealing of illegal structures in the national capital, and directed Delhi BJP chief and MP Manoj Tiwari to file an affidavit within a week.

The top court asked Manoj Tiwari  to appear again on October 3 and explain why he broke the lock of a house sealed by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation in an unauthorised colony in Delhi ‘s Gokalpur on Sep 16.

“Mr Tiwari, in your CD, you say there are one thousand places which deserve to be sealed. Give us a list of these places. We will make you the sealing officer,” said the bench, also comprising Justices S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta.

Lashing out at Delhi Manoj Tiwari , Supreme Court said that being an MP does not give him liberty to take the law in his hands.

Tiwari, facing a contempt notice in the sealing case, appeared in person before a bench headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur following a notice issued to him on September 19.

It asked Tiwari to explain his claims made to a news channel that the monitoring committee had not been sealing thousands of illegal structures.

Terming the action of Tiwari “unfortunate”, the bench said it shows a “disturbed affair where a member of Parliament is alleged to have broken the seal of some premises” despite sealing operation in terms of orders passed by the apex court.

Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, assisting the court in the sealing issue, requested the court to take stringent action against Tiwari for breaking the lock of a sealed premises.

The monitoring committee said members of political parties and others were intentionally and deliberately violating the court’s order not to interfere in the sealing drive against illegal and unauthorised construction in the city.

It said the court should act tough against such persons to ensure that its orders were not violated.

Tiwari, meanwhile, again visited the village on Tuesday and protested against the sealing drive initiated by municipal authorities, Kumar told the bench.

He contended that the police has registered a First Information Report (FIR) against the Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party chief Manoj Tiwari for illegally breaking the lock.

He has been booked under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 461 and 465 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation (DMC) Act.

“The monitoring committee requests this court to pass stringent directions, including initiation of contempt proceedings against Manoj Tiwari, MP, for seal-tampering so that sealing operations may continue uninterrupted as per the direction of this court,” the report said.

The top court has time and again warned political leaders not to politicise the issue of sealing and had earlier issued contempt notice to BJP MLA O.P. Sharma and Municipal Councillor Gunjan Gupta for preventing the committee for taking action against unauthorised constructions in Delhi but the two were let off after they tendered an unconditional apology.

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4 terrorists killed in Baramulla near LoC

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Srinagar, Oct 19: Four militants were killed by the Army near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, military sources said on Friday.

Although the police has not confirmed the incident unless the bodies of the slain militants were recovered, the Army sources confirmed it saying that the encounter took place in the Boniyar forests of Uri sector on Thursday evening.

“Four unidentified militants have been killed in this operation. Searches are now going on in the area,” the sources said.

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Jammu and Kashmir: 7 soldiers injured in Pulwama IED explosion

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Srinagar, Oct 19: Seven soldiers were injured when militants triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said on Friday.

The explosion took place when an armoured Army vehicle was passing through the Tahab area at around 9.30 p.m., on Thursday.

“The IED explosion was followed by firing by the militants. Troops inside the Casper vehicle retaliated and a brief firing exchange took place,” police sources said.

Of the seven soldiers, three with serious injuries were airlifted to an Army hospital in Srinagar.

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Amid tight security 2 women en-route to Sabarimala Temple

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Sabarimala (Kerala), Oct 19: Amidst protests, accompanying with  At least 100 policemen, two women, a journalist and a devotee, are en-route to the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala on Friday. 

Kavita, the Hyderabad-based journalist and her four member crew along with the other woman devotee from Kochi were surrounded by 80 policemen while the rest 20 were walking ahead of them, clearing the way.

The trek from Pamba to the temple located at a hillock generally takes around two hours. Led by Inspector General of Police S.Sreejith, they started their climb around 6.45 a.m.

According to the police, the two ladies have another 1.5 km to reach the hallowed sanctum santorum of the Lord Ayyappa shrine.

Along the route, a protesting devotee jumped in front of the police cordon but he was removed.

An angry group of devotees are however, grouped at the entrance of the pathway that leads to the temple.

Meanwhile, the temple Tantri family and members of the Pandalam royal family are considering closing down of the temple in order to stop the women from entering, according to informed sources.

The temple opened its doors on Wednesday for the first time since the September 28 Supreme Court verdict that allowed women from the 10-50 age group to enter the famed shrine.

On Thursday, there was a dawn-to-dusk shutdown across Kerala called by outfits owing loyalty to Hindu groups and the BJP.

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