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'So That People Will Know The Truth'

The Press Council chairman writes to the Chairman of National Broadcasting Standard Association: ' to hold a thorough inquiry into the allegations against Mr. Salman Khurshid as also against the India Today Group'

'So That People Will Know The Truth'
'So That People Will Know The Truth'
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October 15, 2012

The Hon’ble Justice J.S. Verma,
Chairman, NBSA,
(Former Chief Justice of India)

Dear Justice Verma,


Re: Allegations against Mr. Salman Khurshid

As you would be knowing, a controversy has been raised by the India Today Group about an NGO, Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, of which Mr. Salman Khurshid is the Chairman and his wife is the Project Director. Ms. Khurshid has made counter allegations against the India Today Group which made these allegations against him.

Some senior lawyers met me today at my residence and suggested that since there are counter versions from both sides, it would be appropriate if the matter could be examined by some person of high stature.

Everyone holds you in very high respect, and therefore I would request you to hold an enquiry into the matter thoroughly and make your findings public so that whoever is innocent is exonerated and whoever is guilty is exposed.

This incident is not just an isolated one, because often complaints are made that in their hurry to give breaking news, the media, specially the broadcast media, does not do proper investigation before attacking someone’s reputation. In this connection, I may refer to Chapter 2 Shloka 34 of the Geeta where Lord Krishna said to Arjun “For a self respecting man, death is preferable to dishonour”

I would, therefore, respectfully request you to hold a thorough inquiry into the allegations against Mr. Salman Khurshid as also against the India Today Group after hearing all persons concerned, and make your report public, so that people will know the truth.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,
(Markandey Katju)

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