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Who Voted How?

What happened in the July 30, 2010 meeting of the Press Council? Who voted for the subcommittee report to be made public and who wanted it buried?

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Who Voted How?

There was no recorded voting. Since there was only a show of hands, we tried to cross-verify from amongst those present about who voted how. The following seems to be the result of our inquiries so far:

Out of the 30 members of the Press Council:

Absent: 6

  1. Vilas Muttemwar, MP (LS) (Congress)
  2. Dr. K. Keshava Rao, MP (RS) (Congress)
  3. Milan Kumar Dey, Bar Council of India
  4. Dr. Lalit Mangotra, Sahitya Akademi
  5. Sanjay Dina Patil, MP (LS) (NCP)
  6. Joginder Chawla, Working News Cameramen Association

Out of the 24 present:

For the report to be made public: 9

  1. Justice Ganendra Narayan Ray, Chairman, PCI
  2. K Sreenivas Reddy, Visala Andhra Daily
  3. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, UGC
  4. Vishnu Nagar, Executive Editor, Kadambini
  5. S.N. Sinha, Indian Journalists Union
  6. M.K. Ajith Kumar,Chief Correspondent, Mathrubhumi
  7. G. Prabhakaran, The Hindu
  8. V.S. Chandrasekar,Executive Editor, Press Trust of India
  9. Kalyan Barooah, Journalist, Assam Tribune

Non-Committal about whether or not the report should be made public: 3

  1. Mrs Vibha Bhargava, Secretary, PCI
  2. Ananth Kumar, MP (LS) (BJP)
  3. Prakash Javadekar, MP (RS) (BJP) -- (left mid-way during the meeting)

Against the report to be made public: 12

  1. Hormusji Nusserwanji Cama, The Bombay Samachar
  2. Vijay Kumar Chopra, Editor, Filmi Duniya
  3. T. Venkattram Reddy, Andhra Bhoomi, Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited
  4. Suman Gupta, Editor, Saryu Tat Se
  5. Mihir Gangopadhyay (Ganguly), Regular Freelance Contributor of Bartaman 
  6. Uttam Chandra Sharma, Editor, Muzaffarnagar Bulletin
  7. Sheetla Singh, Editor, Janmorcha
  8. Yogesh Chandra Halan, Editor, Asian Defence News
  9. Anil Jugal Kishore Agrawal, Amravati Mandal, Daily Amravati Mandal
  10. Kundan Raman Lal Vyas, Janmbhoomi Pravasi Weekly
  11. Ramesh Gupta, Tej Weekly
  12. Sushil Jhalani, Arun Prabha

This is based on information from some of the members present. Should any of those present in the July 30 meeting wish to dispute the above, we would be more than happy to offer their version and/or correct the above.

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