The Supreme Court yesterday took strong exception to BJP Delhi chief and member of parliament Manoj Tiwari. Supreme court lashed out at him for taking laws in his own hand and said that being an MP does not give him liberty to take the law in his hands. The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Delhi BJP MP Manoj Tiwari to file an affidavit within a week in connection with a case against him for breaking the lock of a house sealed by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) in Gokulpur, PTI reported.
Manoj Tiwari, who broke the sealed lock of a house in east Delhi, has been told to come up with a list of 1,000 unauthorised properties in the national capital.
“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.
Tiwari, who is an MP from northeast Delhi constituency has an FIR against him by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation for allegedly breaking the seal of a premises in Gokalpuri area in north-east Delhi.
Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for Tiwari, said that no seal was broken by the BJP leader and he himself being an MP has not ever disrupted the sealing process. The lawyer said he needed time to file a detailed reply in the matter.
“We are asking you, have you seen the CD? In the CD he says there are thousand places which deserve to be sealed. He a member of the Parliament. That does not give him liberty to take law in his hands,” the court said.
The court directed Tiwari to appear on 3 October when it will hear the matter.
In its report, the monitoring committee said-
“Despite repeated directions of this court, the members of political parties and other such persons are intentionally and deliberately violating and showing utter disgrace to the directions passed by the court for political gains” said monitoring committee. Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the Delhi sealing matter, had placed the committee’s report before the bench and said an FIR has been lodged against Tiwari for allegedly breaking the seal of the premises which was being used as a dairy. He had that said the premises has been “re-sealed” and video of the incident was also annexed with report of the committee, which has suggested stringent action in the matter.
In the report, the committee has urged the 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 directions of this court.”
The top court had earlier ordered restoration of its 2006 monitoring committee to identify and seal the offending structures.
The monitoring committee, comprising KJ Rao, former advisor to the Election Commissioner, Bhure Lal, chairman of Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority, and Major General (Retd) Som Jhingan, was set up on March 24, 2006, by the court.
The top court is also seized of the issue related to validity of the Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2006 and subsequent legislations which protect unauthorised construction from being sealed.
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Source- NDTV, HT, Firstpost, Indian Express