Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister attended an event commemorating the 50th year anniversary of Delhi High Court. The Delhi CM alleged that the government tapped the phones of judges. The BJP government also rebutted the allegation, during the same event. Kejriwal also made allegations that the government interferes with the appointment of judges. He said, “I heard that judges’ phones are being tapped and they are afraid to talk. This is wrong and must not be allowed.” To this, Union law minister Ravi Shakar Prasad retorted by saying, “I have been Communication Minister for two years and I completely deny that phones of judges are tapped at all.” He added, “I wish to deny with all the authority at my command that the phones of judges have been tapped in India at all.” He stated that the government’s commitment to the independence of the judiciary is ‘complete and irrefutable’.
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.” He questioned the independence of the judiciary, though he said that he is not sure about the fact, but added that such a thing could be very dangerous. Recently, in an open court hearing, a three-judge Bench, led by Chief Justice Thakur, accused the central government of trying to ‘decimate the judiciary and lock justice out.’ Kejriwal also referred to that hearing when he said, “read that the Supreme Court collegium has sent names for judges months ago but the centre not approved them.”
Meanwhile, people on Twitter have dug up an old tweet by the Delhi CM, who wrote against the Indian judiciary. On 20 Jun 2013, Kejriwal had written on Twitter, “Fir kehte hain judiciary pe bharosa karo. Kaise bharosa kare aisi police aur aisi judiciary par?” (And then they say, to trust on the judiciary. How do we trust such police and such judiciary?).
Fir kehte hain judiciary pe bharosa karo. Kaise bharosa kare aisi police aur aisi judiciary par?
The Delhi High Court was established on 31 October 1966, and today it has completed 50 years. The Delhi HC with its 36 courtrooms, has been a witness to many high-profile proceedings. The event to mark the anniversary was held at Vigyan Bhavan and attended by many Hon’ble judges including Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur.