The Delhi Chief Minister, alleging government interference in judges’ appointments, said at a function: “I heard that judges’ phones are being tapped and they are afraid to talk. This is wrong and must not be allowed.”
A report came promptly from Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who said: “I have been Communication Minister for two years and I completely deny that phones of judges are tapped at all.”
Mr. Prasad also asserted that the commitment of his government to the independence of the judiciary is “complete and irrefutable.”
The government was given an acerbic warning on Friday by the Supreme Court, which said delays in the appointment of judges threatened to “decimate” the judiciary. When the government said there were “inconsistencies” in the recommendations from the collegium of judges. The court said the names should be sent back, adding, “Don’t make this about ego.”
Mr. Kejriwal appeared to reference that exchange when he said today that he had “read that the Supreme Court collegium has sent names for judges months ago but the center was not approved them.”
This leads to rumors and they are not good, he said. “Rumours says some ministers wanted some judges to be appointed and the government doesn’t approve of some names. Executive interference in appointments affects the independence of the judiciary and it is not good for the country,” he said.