Violating a Supreme Court order, the Delhi BJP unit chief Manoj Tiwari had broken the seal of an illegal property that had been sealed by a civic body
The Supreme Court, on Tuesday (October 30), reserved its order on contempt proceedings initiated against Delhi BJP chief and MP Manoj Tiwari for allegedly breaking the seal of an illegal property that was sealed by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation in September.
A bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta concluded the arguments on behalf of Tiwari and the lawyer appearing for the monitoring committee for sealing.
Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for Tiwari, claimed in the court that the monitoring committee wanted “to terrorize the people of Delhi” by carrying out sealing drive in unauthorised colonies which are otherwise protected under the law.
Singh claimed that the monitoring committee had no role in the case against his client and that the allegation against Tiwari was of a non-cognisable offence that is punishable with a fine of just Rs 100. While Tiwari’s counsel repeatedly asserted that the case against the BJP leader was merely a tactic to terrorise the people of Delhi, Justice Lokur directed Singh “not to use the word terror in the court as nobody here is a terrorist.”
The intervention from Justice Lokur, however, triggered a heated argument with Singh who countered saying: “Your Lordships sit in this cozy place and nobody questions you. I (Tiwari) am answerable to the people and this court should not entertain the callous attitude of the sealing monitoring committee.”
Singh then claimed “there are numerous illegal constructions across Delhi but no action is taken against them”, while adding that in one locality “seals were broken and the EDMC officials were beaten up but no case was registered against them.”
The senior advocate told the court that the sealing monitoring committee was acting against Tiwari “because they have a police and think that they can do anything.”
The counsel for the monitoring committee countered Singh’s submissions saying the panel doesn’t need any publicity and that Manoj Tiwari had indeed violated orders of the Supreme Court by breaking the seal of a premises that was sealed under instructions of the top court.
The bench later reserved its judgment in the contempt proceedings against Tiwari while stating that the Delhi BJP chief and Lok Sabha MP from the North East Delhi constituency should be present in court on the date.
—India Legal Bureau, with inputs from agencies