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Jan 07, 2014 at 05:52pm IST

Delhi Law Minister scolds Law Secretary for not calling judges' meet

New Delhi: Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti has courted controversy after scolding Law Secretary AS Yadav for refusing to convene a meeting of all judges of Delhi courts. According to the sources Yadav told Bharti that judiciary is independent and does not function under the Delhi government, so only the Delhi High Court can summon a meeting of the judges.

But Bharti lost his cool and accused Yadav of being loyal to the previous regime of the Congress and intentionally trying to create obstacles for the AAP government. Yadav, a district judge who is on deputation, later appealed to the Chief Justice of Delhi seeking transfer, said sources.

Meanwhile, AAP spokesperson Sanjay Singh said he would speak to Bharti on the issue.

Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely hit back at Somnath Bharti saying, "The Law Minister should understand that one cannot interfere in other organ. As a law minister, we expect he will teach us law. Now the things are different as Vidhan Sabha has to tell him what is his role as a Law Minister."

Senior BJP leader Dr Harsh Vardhan said, "This is surprising that the Law Minister forgot all decorum and insulted his law secretary, who himself was a senior judge."