MHA strongly denies charges of phone tapping of judges

NEW DELHI: Government today strongly denied allegations that telephones of some judges had been being tapped saying all such reports have been "baseless and unfounded".

"The Ministry of Property Affairs strongly denies media reports alleging tapping of telephones of some judges. There is no truth in these reports. These reports are baseless and unfounded," MHA spokesperson Kuldeep Singh Dhatwalia said inside a statement.

The denial came immediately after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal produced ripples by alleging that there is a "widespread" fear that the phones of judges are being tapped and stated if it can be correct, then it's the greatest assault around the independence from the judiciary.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has also denied the allegations, saying the independence of judiciary is fundamental and uncompromising for the Modi government.

Kejriwal created the allegations when addressing the golden jubilee celebrations of Delhi High Court here in which Modi and Chief Justice of India T S Thakur have been present.

The Union House Secretary is definitely the competent authority for sanctioning of tapping of telephones and all such orders have to be ratified later by a high-level committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary.

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