The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued contempt notice to Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari for allegedly breaking seals of premises in east Delhi.
The top court took cognisance of a report by monitoring committee and directed the singer-politician to appear before it on 25 September.
“Unfortunate that an elected representative allegedly tried to defy apex court’s orders,” Live Law quoted the Supreme Court as saying.
An FIR was filed against the BJP MP on Tuesday for breaking the law. The property in question was in northeast Delhi. The civic authorities had sealed the property since it was allegedly operating in violation of the Delhi Master Plan. DCP (northeast) Atul Kumar Thakur was quoted by Indian Express, “We have registered an FIR and started our investigation. We will take appropriate legal action after investigation.”
Tiwari had proceeded to Gokulpuri village again on Tuesday but was stopped by police. Top stop Tiwari from repeating his action, the police had deployed around 700 personnel in the area. They said Tiwari had brought at least 350 supporters with him.
He had said, “My protest is against prejudiced action of those officials who are sealing illegally. We are not against sealing, but the policy of pick and choose. If sealing action is to be taken, then it should be against illegal construction on public land, and it should start from Yamuna bank.”
Hindustan Times quoted KJ Rao, a monitoring committee member said, “Although sealing was not carried on our directions, but breaking a seal is an unlawful act. As soon as the issue was highlighted, we demanded a report from the EDMC on Monday. We have submitted a detailed report in court.”
Interestingly, the civic bodies responsible for issuing the sealing order are run by Tiwari’s own party. This has prompted many to conclude that the singer-politician was only indulging in political gimmick ahead of the next year’s Lok Sabha polls since sealing of properties may cost the BJP electorally.