SC closes contempt proceedings against Manoj Tiwari

The Supreme Court closed a contempt proceeding against BJP MP Manoj Tiwari on Wednesday. The two judge bench dropped the contempt charges but deprecated his action.

The BJP Delhi president was facing contempt charges for breaking the civil agency’s seal on its premises in Delhi.

A bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said the court was “extremely pained” due to his conduct as he is an elected representative and deprecated his action of taking law into his own hands.

The Bench has termed him as “a rebel without cause” and his action a “misplaced bravado”, reported livelaw.in.

The Supreme Court had on September 19 issued contempt notice against Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari for openly defying the court-appointed monitoring committee on sealing by breaking the lock of a house sealed by East Delhi Municipal Corporation. The property in question had been sealed by the EDMC for allegedly running an illegal dairy from the premises.

The court had on October 30 reserved its order after hearing arguments in the matter during which Tiwari had accused the court-mandated monitoring committee of “terrorising” people of Delhi.

Tiwari had claimed before the top court that monitoring committee has exceeded its jurisdiction and conducted sealing drive in unauthorised colonies here that were protected under the law.