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Ask Intelligence Bureau for proof, Kejriwal tells Delhi Police on judges’ phone tapping claim

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today asked the city police to approach the Intelligence Bureau to seek proof over his claim that phone calls of judges were being tapped.

India TV Politics Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: November 04, 2016 17:21 IST ]
File pic of Delhi CM addressing media in New Delhi
File pic of Delhi CM addressing media in New Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today asked the city police to approach the Intelligence Bureau to seek proof over his claim that phone calls of judges were being tapped.

Kejriwal’s reaction came in the wake of Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma requesting him to provide proof of the allegations he made recently.

“Ask IB (Intelligence Bureau). They will tell you,” Kejriwal tweeted.

In a letter to Kejriwal, Verma noted that since phone tapping is an extremely serious matter, and he has made claims about the same, he should provide details to police for further investigation.

"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," Verma wrote in his letter. 

"As you are aware, phone tapping is an extremely serious matter and is not allowed without due authorization after following strict procedures mandated under law. Therefore, your alluding to the matter raises serious concerns," Verma added. 

"Under the circumstances, please let us know of any incident or case of phone tapping that you have referred to in the course of your speech. We would also appreciate if you could inform us the source on which you based your allegations, so that appropriate action can be initiated in the matter," Verma further said. 

Kejriwal threw the bombshell four days ago while addressing a function here to mark 50 years of the Delhi High Court. At the event, Kejriwal said he was told by some unnamed judges that the telephones of Supreme Court, High Courts and District Courts were being tapped.

The Aam Aadmi Party leader made it clear that he did not know if this was true, ‘but if it is true, this is very dangerous’.

This charge was, however, immediately rejected by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

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