New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday closed the contempt proceedings against Delhi BJP chief and Lok Sabha MP Manoj Tiwari, for breaking civic agency’s seal on premises. The BJP chief had on September 16 broke open the seal of a locked house in an unauthorised colony in North East Delhi’s Gokulpur area. Also Read - Sealing, Demolition of Unauthorised Constructions in Delhi Will Continue, Rules SC
The top court, however, deprecated Tiwari‘s action for taking the law and order in his hands. Also Read - Delhi Sealing Drive: Markets Shut Over Massive Strike Called by Traders Today, BJP to Skip Arvind Kejriwal's All-Party Meet
“There is no doubt that Tiwari has taken law in his hand. We are pained by the machismo and manner of Tiwari. As an elected representative he should have acted responsibly rather taking law in his own hands,” said a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur. Also Read - Delhi Sealing Drive: High Drama at Arvind Kejriwal's Residence; Manoj Tiwari, Other BJP Leaders Accuse AAP MLAs of Insulting Them
The bench said Tiwari levelled frivolous allegations against court-mandated committee, which shows how “low he can stoop”.
The apex court also said that “misplaced political propaganda has no place” and “such practices should be deprecated”.
The apex court had on September 19 issued contempt notice against Tiwari, a MP from the north-east Delhi constituency, after taking note of a report filed by the monitoring committee which had alleged that the BJP leader had broken the seal of the premises.
The FIR against Manoj Tiwari was registered under sections 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and 461, and 465 of Delhi Municipal Corporation (DMC) Act.
Justifying his act, Tiwari had earlier said, “I broke the seal against the pick and choose policy by the corporation. The locals claimed all the houses were illegally constructed but a particular house was singled out for action by the corporation.”
He added that the Gukulpur residents were disappointed that the municipal corporation had sealed only one among the 1,000 houses. Further, he stated that he would approach the top court over the “pick and choose” policy on the sealing drive.
The sealing drive which was carried out by a Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee faced backlash from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and other political parties. For instance, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked in a tweet, “They themselves seal properties in the morning and break the lock in the evening. Do they think that people are stupid?”
(With Agency inputs)