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

Manoj Tiwari

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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