Katju must quit Press Council: Jaitley

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Katju must quit Press Council: Jaitley
Accusing Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju of carrying out political activities from his quasi-judicial office, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley called upon the controversial retired Supreme Court judge to quit his post.
NEW DELHI: Accusing Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju of carrying out political activities from his quasi-judicial office, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley called upon the controversial retired Supreme Court judge to quit his post.

In a scathing attack on Katju for his criticism of non-Congress state governments – and his reluctance to point a finger at a Congress party plagued by allegations of corruption – Jaitley saidKatju’s comments were “more in the nature of thanks-giving to those who provided him with a post-retirement job”.

In the recent past, Katju has openly spoken against the governments of Bihar, Gujarat and West Bengal. While he has accused Bihar CM Nitish Kumar of having bought over the media, Katju said in a recent article that he doesn’t “buy the story that Shri Modi had no role in the 2002 (riots)”.

“His utterances, both during his tenure as a judge and thereafter are clearly outlandish. Dignified comment is alien to him,” Jaitley said, adding that Katju was more Congress than the Congress party. He said that a judge, whether sitting or retired, could not be loud, crude, outlandish or behave like a megalomaniac. In his response to Jaitley, Katju asked him to quit politics, accusing him to twisting facts.

Jaitley said if Katju wants to get into any political activity or a political debate, he should cease to hold his judicial or quasi-judicial office. “Justice Markandey Katju has failed every test on which a judge, whether sitting or retired, could be judged. The choice of his subjects and targets is motivated by his political preferences. He is extraordinarily soft on those who provided him a post-retirement job. I am yet to read a comment from him which prefers meritocracy over dynasty as an instrument of leadership creation,” the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha said.

“Should not a former judge who currently occupies a quasi-judicial office as chairman of the Press Council of India, either quit before actively participating in politics or be sacked? Retired judges must remember that the rental for occupying a Lutyens’ bungalow post-retirement has to be political neutrality, not political participation,” he added.

Katju had said that “there is still a mystery of what happened in Godra”. Jaitley accused Katju of carrying out a personal tirade against Modi, saying that he preferred “bazaar gossip” over judicial verdicts. Katju retaliated later in the evening accusing him of twisting facts and asking him to quit politics. In his response, Katju said he had written “very strong” letters to Congress-ruled Maharashtra’s chief minister Prithviraj Chavan over the arrest of two girls for a Facebook post after the death of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.

Katju said he had also issued a strong statement against Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh when he had told a mediaperson that he would break his camera. “Mr Jaitley is clearly guilty of twisting facts. He has criticized me for a report against the Bihar government for suppressing press freedom,” he said. “That was not my report, but that of a three-member team of the Press Council of India. Here again, Mr Jaitley has twisted facts,” Katju claimed.

Reacting to Jailtey’s remarks on post-retirement assignments for retired judges, Katju said the post of chairman of Press Council has by convention been given to a retired judge of the Supreme Court.

“There are many judges who have been given post-retirement posts,” he said, adding that Justice J S Verma, Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice D K Jain had been appointed as chairmen of the National Human Rights Commission, National Green Tribunal and the Law Commission respectively.

“Why does Mr Jaitley forget the post-retirement appointments given by the NDA when he was the law minister?” Katju asked.

Facts twisted, Jaitley, quit politics — Katju

MONDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 2013 01:56 PIONEER NEWS SERVICE | NEW DELHI

Retired Supreme Court judge and PCI chairman Markandey Katju has accused BJP leader Arun Jaitley of twisting facts and asked him to quit politics.

Reacting to Jaitley’s charges that he was politically motivated, Katju accused him of twisting facts and said he had written “very strong” letters to Congress-ruled Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan over the arrest of two girls for a Facebook post after the death of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.

Katju said he had also issued a strong statement against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, when he had told a mediaperson that he would break his camera.

“Mr Jaitley is clearly guilty of twisting facts. He has criticised me for a report against the Bihar Government for suppressing press freedom,” he said.

“That was not my report, but that of a three-member team of the members of the Press Council of India. Here again, Mr Jaitley has twisted facts,” Katju alleged, adding, “Jaitley should resign from his post and quit politics, he is not cut out for politics. He has totally twisted the facts and accused me of not criticising Congress Governments, which is not true.”

Reacting to Jailtey’s remarks on post-retirement assignments for retired judges, Katju said the post of the Chairman of the Press Council has by convention been given to a retired judge of the Supreme Court. “There are many judges who have been given post-retirement posts,” he said, adding that Justice JS Verma, Justice Swatantra Kumar and Justice DK Jain had been appointed as chairmen of the National Human Rights Commission, National Green Tribunal and the Law Commission respectively.

“Why does Mr Jaitley forget the post-retirement appointments given by the NDA when he was the Law Minister?” Katju said. He claimed at least two judges were transferred from their parent High Courts to the Rajasthan High Court “for reasons well known to Mr Jaitley and about which I do not wish to comment.”

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2 Responses to Katju must quit Press Council: Jaitley

  1. S.Raguraman says:

    Is passing of remarks on Godhra and the subsequent Gujerath riots part of the duties of the PCI Chairman ? What has the Press Council to do with these matters ? The un-called for and irrelevant remarks, as Jaitley points out, only stink of the political leanings of the PCI Chairman.

  2. S Balasundar says:

    Markandeya Katju ,the Press Council Chairman indulges in top to bottom matters which are of no relevant to his office.Though he has been opining on various topics why does it get publicity in the media? Katju has no business to poke his nose on politics and his comments on CM Modi is not deserving mention. He acts as congi spokesperson,which is aimed at his future assignment. A narrow political sheep,the commentator he is.!

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