Arvind Kejriwal enjoys teasing and ruffling Narendra Modi’s feathers. It’s almost like the Prime Minister completes him, making his life purposeful.
Addressing the golden jubilee celebrations of Delhi High Court in the presence of Modi, among other dignitaries, the Delhi chief minister set off a bombshell when he alleged that the phones of judges are being tapped. It forced Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to fervently deny the unsubstantiated claims.
Kejriwal conceded he’s not sure whether there is any truth in it, but nevertheless went forward and created an atmosphere of panic and unrest. These are serious allegations, and unless validated with evidence, shouldn’t have been made public. Perhaps, his desire to create a perception of problems for Modi outweighs the need to maintain good sense.
It was a good strategy, though, timed to perfection. On Friday, Supreme Court chief justice, TS Thakur, had come down heavily on the Centre for not appointing High Court judges despite recommendations made by the Collegium. It was a scathing rap that shook the Modi-led NDA. It was also an embarrassment of sorts because the counter argument by the Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Centre, had little logic. The Government ought to have done better.
By leveling the charges of phone-tapping of judges, Kejriwal attempted to further question the intentions of the Government with regard to India’s judiciary. An atmosphere of speculative fear that would arise now could alienate Modi from the justice system.
Perhaps, these allegations should be taken seriously and Kejriwal should be asked to substantiate his claims. Taking the responsibility of making such serious charges, he ought to provide some specific details about the murmurs he claims to have heard in the company of honorable judges. Otherwise, it will only embolden people like Kejriwal to continue to make baseless accusations, based on hearsay.
The Delhi police constable Anil Kumar Taneja who had filed a case against the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for using the word ‘Thula’ for cops told the Delhi High Court that the AAP head has crossed all the limits of decency. Taneja in a reply filed before Justice Mukta Gupta, he has sought dismissal of a plea filed by Kejriwal seeking stay and setting aside of a trial court’s order summoning him in a criminal defamation complaint against him.
Taneja, who has filed the criminal defamation complaint against the AAP leader, claimed that by referring to policemen as ‘Thulla’, Kejriwal “has intentionally insulted the entire Delhi Police force as a whole and caused unnecessary provocation to the police personnel in Delhi”. “Being Chief Minister of Delhi, which is a constitutional position, the petitioner (Kejriwal) has immense influence and reach across public domain. His words definitely impact the public at large and the personnel of Delhi Police.
“Therefore, by using such a derogatory and insulting word, Kejriwal has crossed all limits of decency while uttering such words on a famous national Hindi news channel, that too in an interview being telecast at prime time news show.
Taneja said that the word used by the Chief Minister was sufficient to harm the reputation of police in the eyes of the general public and “lowered the image” of Delhi Police as a whole. “
However, the Kejriwal’s counsel had told the court that the word ‘Thulla’ was not used against all policemen but against those indulging in wrong practices. Kejriwal’s lawyer has tried to defend the Chief Minister of Delhi who deliberately insulted the Delhi Police.
When the AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal had taken the reigns of the Delhi government, he started targeting the Delhi police and made the statements to the media that the state police working on the directions of the centre government.
The AAP-led government in Delhi failed to curb the crime in the state and the crime rate of the national capital has been increasing day by day. All the time the AAP government giving statements against the Delhi police that the police is under the control of BJP government.