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KTS Tulsi asks Kejriwal to authenticate allegation of judges' phones being tapped

Updated: Nov 01, 2016 11:03 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov. 1 (ANI): Senior advocate K. T. S. Tulsi on Tuesday asked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to produce evidence to authenticate his allegation that the phones of judges are being tapped.

Tulsi said the AAP chief should apologise for blaming the authorities if is unable to provide any material to support his allegation.

"If Mr Kejriwal has any evidence, he should bring it out. Otherwise how can he make such an allegation in front of the Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of India? There should be certain sense of responsibility. And if he does have any evidence, he should make it public otherwise the Minister for Communications as well as the Home Ministry has completely denied the charge," he told ANI here.

There was a heated argument at the valedictory function marking the golden jubilee of the Delhi High Court yesterday after Kejriwal alleged that the phones of judges are being tapped, a charge rejected by Union Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Addressing the event which was also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur, Kejriwal said the incident is dangerous for the judiciary's independence.

"I have seen two judges say that they don't talk on phone, I heard it is being tapped," said Kejriwal.

"I don't know if it is true or not but if this is true then it's dangerous. Where is the independence of the judiciary then?" he added.

Prasad promptly responded to Kejriwal's assertion and refuted the charges made by him.

"I have been Communication Minister for two years and I completely deny the charges made by the Chief Minister," he said while asserting that the BJP-led NDA regime is committed to the independence of judiciary.

The AAP convener also accused the Narendra Modi-led government of interfering in the appointment of judges.

"I read that the Supreme Court collegium had many months back given recommendations for judicial appointments but it's still lying with Centre. I heard rumors that the government didn't approve of some names and some ministers wanted some judges to be appointed. Executive interference in appointments affects independence of the judiciary and it is not good for the country," he said.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) also denied Kejriwal's allegation.

"There is no truth in these reports. These reports are baseless and unfounded," said Additional Director General of Press Information Bureau K. S. Dhatwalia.

Kejriwal's comments came in the wake of the apex court reprimanding the Centre over the delay in appointment of judges and accused the executive of 'decimating' the judiciary. (ANI)