Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday claimed there were allegations that phones of judges from the Supreme Court to High Courts, were being tapped. His claims were promptly rejected by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
” There are opportunities when you get to talk to judges, and during one of those, I heard two judges telling each other not to talk over phone because the phones are being tapped. When I said that this cannot happen, they said from the Supreme Court to the High Court and District Courts, all of the judges’ phones are being tapped,” said Kejriwal.
“Independence of judiciary is paramount. And if true, phone tapping would be the biggest assault on the independence of judiciary,” said Kejriwal, who also questioned the Centre’s delay on implementing the Supreme Court Collegium’s recommendations for filling up vacancies in the courts.
Speaking at the event a little later, Law Minister Prasad, who earlier held the Communication and Information Technology Ministry, categorically denied Kejriwal’s claims of phone tapping and asserted the Modi government’s commitment towards independence of the judiciary.
“I don’t want to join an issue today, but I have to put the record straight. I have been the Communication Minister for more than two years and wish to deny with all command and authority that phones of judges were tapped,” said Prasad.