New Delhi: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi listening on, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday alleged that the phones of judges were being tapped and said it was dangerous for democracy.

“I have seen widespread fear among judges of their phones being tapped. If it is true, it is dangerous and will influence the judiciary,” Kejriwal said at a function to celebrate the golden jubilee of the Delhi High Court here.

But the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) denied the allegations by the Delhi CM.  

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was also present on the occassion said: “I have been Communication Minister for two years and I completely deny with all authority that phones of judges have been tapped.”

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The Aam Aadmi Party convenor raised the issue of vacant posts in the courts and said: “SC collegium had many months back given recommendations for judicial appointments, but it’s still lying with the central government.”

“Vacancies in the judiciary is a matter of concern. Delay in appointments gives rise to rumours, which is not good for democracy,” he said.

Speaking for the independence of judiciary, Kejriwal said: “Independence of judiciary is paramount. It has to be completely independent of the executive”.

He said the intervention of executive over judiciary will hurt democracy and will lead to dictatorship.