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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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Cyclone Phethai intensifies; over 50 trains cancelled in Andhra Pradesh

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Vijayawada, Dec 17: Cyclone Phethai has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal and is set to hit the coast near Kakinada on Monday afternoon.

Following this, The South Central Railway has cancelled over 50 trains in coastal Andhra Pradesh.

As per the IMD report, Cyclone Phethai has moved further north-northwestwards with a speed of 26 kmph during past 06 hours. The storm has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and lay centred at 17:30 hrs.

The cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 70-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph has been predicted. The Met department has also issued a warning of heavy rainfall over isolated areas in coastal Andhra, north Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Jharkhand, south Chhattisgarh, and the parts of West Bengal.

Many trains from Vijayawada to various destinations in coastal Andhra were suspended as a precautionary measure.

The Visakhapatnam-Guntur Simhadri Express, Guntur-Visakhapatnam Simhadri Express, Visakhapatnam-Vijayawada Ratnachalam Express, Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam Ratnachalam Express, Narsapur-Nidadavolu Link Express and Nidadavolu-Narsapu Link Express were among the trains cancelled.

Passenger trains between Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry, Guntur and Bhimavaram were also cancelled.

Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) passenger trains between Vijayawada and destinations like Rajahmundry, Kakinada Port, Tenali, Bhimavaram, Guntur and Machilipatnam, MEMU trains between Rajahmundry and Visakhapatnam, Visakhapatnam and Kakinada Port, Tenali and Guntur, Visakhapatnam and Rajahmundry, Rajahmundry and Bhimavaram, Bhimavaram and Nidadavolu, Rajahmundry and Narasapur and Narasapur and Guntur were also cancelled.

The other cancelled trains include Kakinada Port-Kotipalli Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) passenger, Kotipalli-Kakinada Port DMU passenger, Machilipatnam-Gudivada, Bhimavaram-Rajahmundry, Nidadavolu-Bhimavaram, Ongole-Guntur passenger trains.

Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway directed officials of divisions likely to be affected to be prepared to handle any emergency situation.

Helplines were opened at Vijayawada, Guntur and Guntakal station for round-the-clock monitoring of the situation.

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Winter Session: Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

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New Delhi, Dec 17: The house was adjourned till 2 p.m. after the members created a ruckus on a range of issues.

Earlier, Amid uproar Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the Triple Talaq Bill in the house.

Following this, Congress member Shashi Tharoor opposed the bill saying it is targetted at a particular religion and hence unconstitutional.

The bill was brought in as per the direction of the Supreme Court, retorts Prasad and said several women belonging to the Muslim community suffered because of an instant divorce.

Later, again the Lok Sabha was disrupted, prompting the speaker to adjourn the house.

Prior to this, the house was adjourned till 12 p.m. after the opposition created a ruckus on a host of issues.

Soon after the Lok Sabha resumed for the day, AIADMK and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) members trooped near the Speaker’s podium and started raising slogans.

The AIADMK members took the Cauvery water issue while the TDP sought special status for Andhra Pradesh.

The Congress members were seen sloganeering against the government for misleading the apex court on the Rafale deal.

They were countered by the Bharatiya Janata Party, who demanded an apology from Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan requested the agitating leaders to allow the Question Hour to progress but the members continued with their protest.

Amid the din she adjourned the House till 12 p.m.

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13 miners trapped: Very difficult and complicated situation, says Meghalaya CM

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Ksan, Dec 17: Flagging concern over the incident where 13 miners were trapped in a mine at Ksan in East Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Monday described the situation very difficult and complicated said that the NDRF trying to save them but it looks very difficult.

“Very difficult and complicated situation. NDRF trying to save them but it looks very difficult. No matter how many pumps we put, water force is too much to bring it down to a level where we can enter and save them”, he told ANI.

The CM also said that he spoke to Union Minister Kiren Rijiju regarding the incident and requested him to send more professional help.

“We’re trying really hard but the water level is really high, the day after this incident took place I spoke to Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and requested him to send more professional help”, Sangma asserted.

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