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.