Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s comments about judges phone calls being tapped may cost him dear. The CM has been sent a letter by Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma today requesting him to provide the details of the tapping, if any. In the letter, Verma said, “During a function to mark the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court, you have reportedly alleged that the phones of judges are being tapped. In fact, there are media reports to indicate that you have “heard” some judges saying so… please let us know of any incident or case of phones tapping that you have referred to in the course of your speech.”
Verma said in the letter, “Phone tapping is serious mattter and not allowed without authorisation. So, it raises a serious concern.” He also sought help from Kejriwal to take appropriate action in the matter.
In the presence of PM Narendra Modi, Arvind Kejriwal had said on Monday that there is “widespread fear” that the phones of judges are being tapped. In his speech Kejriwal had said, “If any judge has done something wrong, even then phone tapping shouldn’t happen. There are many other ways to gather evidence.” He added, “Have seen two judges say that ‘don’t talk on the phone, it is being tapped’. I said phones of the judges can’t be tapped.”
The comment went viral on the Net. It also led to a political slugfest with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government being targetted by all teh opposition parties.