Taking strong exception to Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari’s alleged violation of its directions on the sealing of illegal structures, the Supreme Court told the MP to come up with a list of 1000 illegal structures in Delhi by September 26.
Reminding Tiwari, who was present in the court, that being an MP does not give him liberty to take the law in his hands, a three-judge bench of Justices Madan B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta told the MP, “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.”
Tiwari had been asked to appear before the SC to explain his stand in connection with the alleged breaking the seal of a locked house in an unauthorised colony in Delhi’s Gokalpur on 16 September.
According to reports, the Monitoring Committee overlooking the sealing drive initiated contempt proceedings against Tiwari consequently.
When the MP’s lawyer argued that no seal was broken by the BJP leader and he himself being an MP has not ever disrupted the sealing process, the bench asked him if he had seen the CD containing Tiwari’s comments about Delhi sealing drive.
“We are asking you, have you seen the CD? In the CD he says there are thousand places which deserve to be sealed. He is a Member of Parliament. That does not give him liberty to take law in his hands,” the court said.
The court asked the Delhi BJP chief to file an affidavit within a week and fixed the matter for further hearing on 3 October.
(With inputs from agencies.)