Judges’ phones be­ing tapped: Ke­jri­wal

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could fur­ther roil Afghanistan’s con­flict.

Afghanistan has all the trap­pings of a narco-state, with opium pro­duc­tion —the lifeblood of the Tal­iban in­sur­gency -— from the tra­di­tional spring har­vest alone edg­ing to­wards a record high.

Farm­ers such as Ne­mat­ul­lah are now reap­ing two more crops —- in mid­sum­mer and au­tumn — in parts of the volatile south, with ex­perts cit­ing ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied seeds and bold farm­ing ex­per­i­ments dis­trict of Ka­jaki in north­ern Hel­mand.

“Hel­mand has a lot of war, a lot of land, and very lit­tle em­ploy­ment ex­cept fight­ing for the Tal­iban. Pop­pies are a bless­ing -— it now gives us work through­out the year.”

Ne­mat­ul­lah snuck out of his vil­lage, a Tal­iban hot­bed, to meet AFP in the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal Lashkar Gah, bring­ing with him a hand­ful of ivory-coloured poppy seeds that he claimed grow well in the two new sea­sons.—AFP NEW DELHI—Delhi Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal on Mon­day claimed there were al­le­ga­tions that phones of judges from the Supreme Court to High Courts, were be­ing tapped. His claims were promptly re­jected by Union Law Min­is­ter Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Ad­dress­ing the 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions of the Delhi High Court here, Ke­jri­wal, in the pres­ence of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and Chief Justice of In­dia T.S. Thakur among oth­ers, said if true, then tap­ping of judges’ phones would be the big­gest as­sault on in­de­pen­dence of the ju­di­ciary.

“There are op­por­tu­ni­ties when you get to talk to judges, and dur­ing one of those, I heard two judges telling each other not to talk over phone be­cause the phones are be­ing tapped. When I said that this can­not hap­pen, they said from the Supreme Court to the High Court and Dis­trict Courts, all of the judges’ phones are be­ing tapped,” said Ke­jri­wal.—IANS

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