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Markandey Katju

Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju speaks with Ranjita Elangbam, wife of jailed Manipur journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhem during a press conference, at Press Club in New Delhi.

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Pressed For Answers His fervent mercy pleas on behalf of actor Sanjay Dutt may have landed Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju in some legal tangles. After he wrote to the Maharashtra governor urging him to pardon Dutt, a case has been filed in the Bombay HC to repeal the Press Council Act itself, since there is no provision to impeach the chairman. The man behind it is Arvind Pansare, a journalist working for a daily run by Sanatan Prabhat and convenor of the Deshbhakt Patrakar Manch. “Mr Katju is taking undue advantage of his post. His constant controversial statements are creating confusion in the country. His behaviour is completely inappropriate considering his post. Therefore, he is morally not entitled to remain as chairman....” says a statement issued by the petitioner. Now that Sanjubaba has got only a month to finish his films, we are wondering if Katju will step in yet again.

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He wants more PCI chairman Katju with Salman Khurshid (left) and Kapil Sibal

Jitender Gupta

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A.K. Ramanujan Medal of Honour for Infinite Wisdom: Justice Markandey Katju, for dubbing 90 per cent of Indians fools. Also for asking the media to relax on the whole rape thing and focus on India’s Other Equally Important Pressing Problems.

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Disenchanted Press Council chairman Justice Katju

Sanjay Rawat

A journalist argues with Chairman of Press Council of India Justice Markandey Katju at a press conference in Lucknow. Katju said in the press conference that the Idea of Lokpal is 'Unworkable'.

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Emergency measures Retd Justice Katju

Sanjay Rawat

Vice President M. Hamid Ansari releases the book “Justice to Urdu” with its author Justice Makandey Katju as Law Minister Salman Khurshid and veteran Journalist Kuldeep Nayar look on at a function in New Delhi on Saturday.

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Justice Markandey Katju Vs the Indian media As an interested party, we should recuse ourselves from this! Moreover, if we say we understand what he’s saying, we’ll risk proving him wrong. For, Justice Katju, head of the Press Council, thinks a majority of the Indian media—he’s “sorry to say”—are of a very poor intellectual level. We spread superstitions and don’t ask tough questions on real issues. He even thinks Kapil Sibal’s efforts to curb social media are right on. What are we to do? Except, sorry to say, shake our heads?

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