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    New Delhi: BJP leader Arun Jaitley Sunday asked Press Council chairman Markandey Katju to quit, saying a person holding the post much be impartial.

    The Bharatiya Janata Party leader made the demand after accusing Katju of attacking non-Congress governments in Bihar, Gujarat and West Bengal on the basis of "his political preferences".

    In an article on the BJP web site, Jaitley said Katju's attacks "seem more in the nature of thanks-giving to those who provided him with a post retirement job".

    The leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha said Katju had over the past week released a draft report on behalf of the Press Council of India (PCI) alleging that the media in Bihar was not independent.

    He followed it up with an article in an English daily attacking the Gujarat government and Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

    "Though initially known for his scholarship, Justice Katju was never a conventional judge. His utterances, both during his tenure as a judge and thereafter, are clearly outlandish," Jaitley said.

    "Dignified comment is alien to him."


    Jaitley said judges of the Supreme Court and high courts must not be eligible for jobs in the government after retirement.

    "In some cases the pre-retirement judicial conduct of a judge is influenced by the desire to get a post retirement assignment," he said.

    "The chairman of the Press Council discharges a statutory job. His job requires fairness, impartiality and political neutrality.

    "Additionally, a judge, whether sitting or retired, is expected to conduct himself with sobriety, dignity and grace. He cannot be loud, crude, outlandish or behave like a megalomaniac," Jaitley said.

    He said a judge should refrain from involvement in political controversies. If he desires to get into political activity or a political debate, he should cease to hold his judicial or quasi-judicial office.

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    And the then law minister jaitley appointed Gujarat governor, himachal governor...weren't they retired judges of sc?

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    I dont have problems per say with any judge being assigned posts...... do have problems with Katju.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ankhi_sena_mun View Post
    I dont have problems per say with any judge being assigned posts...... do have problems with Katju.........
    katju has very lil patience..have seen him in debates.. restless persona
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    Quote Originally Posted by basanti<<< View Post
    katju has very lil patience..have seen him in debates.. restless persona
    not only that..... he reacts with pre-intent...... I never got how he was a good judge!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ankhi_sena_mun View Post
    I dont have problems per say with any judge being assigned posts...... do have problems with Katju.........
    Jab jetli ko tab governor appoint karene problem nahi thi ..

    Ab kyon problem he?

    Usko ek rule .. Katju ko ek rule .. Huh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gudu Gudu Returns View Post
    Jab jetli ko tab governor appoint karene problem nahi thi ..

    Ab kyon problem he?

    Usko ek rule .. Katju ko ek rule .. Huh
    Jetli ne Katju ko kab governer niyukt kiya???

    also governer is not a politically unbiased post..... PTI is
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    Justice Katju looks at Gujarat with jaundiced eye: CM Narendra Modi

    New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday evening joined the war of words between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley and Press Council of India Chairman Justice Markandey Katju. Hitting out at Katju, the Gujarat CM tweeted, "Justice Katju looks at Gujarat with a jaundiced eye. Jaitleyji's insightful article demolishing lies spread about Gujarat."
    Justice Katju had, in an opinion piece in a national daily, criticised Modi and his policies. Katju had noted in the article that "there is still a mystery of what happened in Godhra". He had also said that he found it hard to believe "that Modi had no hand in 2002", referring to the post-Godhra riots.
    The BJP slammed the article and Jaitley and others in the party accused Katju of selective targeting. "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 Lutyen's bungalow post retirement has to be political neutrality, not political participation," Jaitley said, adding that the choice of Katju's subjects and targets was motivated by his political preferences.


    Justice Katju had, in an opinion piece in a national daily, criticised the Gujarat CM and questioned his role in 2002 riots.




    Katju, however, rubbished Jaitley's charges and said he had also criticised Congress-ruled states as well. "Arun Jaitley is talking rubbish and I will not stoop down to his low level. He must resign from politics. He is twisting facts. I have criticised Congress-ruled states as well. I sent notices to the Maharashtra government when two girls were arrested for their post on Facebook," he said, adding that Jaitley must resign from politics as he was given to twisting facts.
    BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad had earlier said, "We respect the Chairman of the Press Council of India and the former Supreme Court judge but the article written by Katju is not in good taste. He criticises the anti-Congress leadership of Bihar, West Bengal and has targeted Narendra Modi which is very unfortunate. Has Katju ever written an article about the scams under the leadership of the Congress?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ankhi_sena_mun View Post
    Jetli ne Katju ko kab governer niyukt kiya???

    also governer is not a politically unbiased post..... PTI is
    Ab katju appointed. Now jetli tell all this wrong .

    But ankhiji u not getting point. U c proper... Pls...

    It issue that katju got appoint

    Not that jetli appointed katju.

    Jetli appointed his ppl. Then during NDA government rule.


    Those also were judges of sc.

    He can do.

    Y congress can't do appoint???

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    Quote Originally Posted by basanti<<< View Post
    Justice Katju looks at Gujarat with jaundiced eye: CM Narendra Modi

    New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday evening joined the war of words between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley and Press Council of India Chairman Justice Markandey Katju. Hitting out at Katju, the Gujarat CM tweeted, "Justice Katju looks at Gujarat with a jaundiced eye. Jaitleyji's insightful article demolishing lies spread about Gujarat."
    Justice Katju had, in an opinion piece in a national daily, criticised Modi and his policies. Katju had noted in the article that "there is still a mystery of what happened in Godhra". He had also said that he found it hard to believe "that Modi had no hand in 2002", referring to the post-Godhra riots.
    The BJP slammed the article and Jaitley and others in the party accused Katju of selective targeting. "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 Lutyen's bungalow post retirement has to be political neutrality, not political participation," Jaitley said, adding that the choice of Katju's subjects and targets was motivated by his political preferences.


    Justice Katju had, in an opinion piece in a national daily, criticised the Gujarat CM and questioned his role in 2002 riots.




    Katju, however, rubbished Jaitley's charges and said he had also criticised Congress-ruled states as well. "Arun Jaitley is talking rubbish and I will not stoop down to his low level. He must resign from politics. He is twisting facts. I have criticised Congress-ruled states as well. I sent notices to the Maharashtra government when two girls were arrested for their post on Facebook," he said, adding that Jaitley must resign from politics as he was given to twisting facts.
    BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad had earlier said, "We respect the Chairman of the Press Council of India and the former Supreme Court judge but the article written by Katju is not in good taste. He criticises the anti-Congress leadership of Bihar, West Bengal and has targeted Narendra Modi which is very unfortunate. Has Katju ever written an article about the scams under the leadership of the Congress?"

    Political tu tu main main ok..

    But when jetli can appoint governor of his party choice.


    Y can't congress do same?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gudu Gudu Returns View Post
    Political tu tu main main ok..

    But when jetli can appoint governor of his party choice.


    Y can't congress do same?
    Read my answer above.........
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    What Katju wrote about Modi, why Jaitley described Katju as more Congress than the Congress


    India TV webteam [ Updated 17 Feb 2013, 20:48:40 ]

    New Delhi, Feb 17 : Normally, the leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley never reacts to everything under the sun, but it was Press Council of India chairman retd. Justice Markandey Katju’s article in a newspaper about the 2002 Gujarat riots and Narendra Modi, which raised his hackles.

    Justice Katju’s article was against the projection of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as the man who can transform India. Let’s first read Justice Katju’s article, in full:

    All the Perfumes of Arabia By Justice Markandey Katju “Narendra Modi is being projected by a large section of Indians as the modern Moses, the messiah who will lead the beleaguered and despondent Indian people into a land of milk and honey, the man who is best suited to be the next Indian Prime Minister.

    And it is not just the BJP and RSS who are saying this in the Kumbh Mela. A large section of the Indian so called ‘educated’ class, including a section of our ‘educated’ youth, who have been carried away by Modi’s propaganda are saying this.

    I was flying from Delhi to Bhopal recently. Sitting beside me was a Gujarati businessman. I asked him his opinion of Modi. He was all praise for him. I interjected and asked him about the killings of over 2000 Muslims in 2002 in Gujarat.

    He replied that Muslims were always creating problems in Gujarat, but after 2002 they have been put in their place and there is peace since 2002 in Gujarat. I told him it was the peace of the graveyard, and peace can never last long unless it was coupled with justice. At this remark he took offence and changed his seat on the plane.

    The truth today is that Muslims in Gujarat are terrorized and afraid that if they speak out against the horrors of 2002 they may be attacked and victimized. In the whole of India Muslims (who are over 200 million of the people of India) are solidly against Modi (though there are a handful of Muslims who for some reason disagree).

    It is claimed by Modi supporters that what happened in Gujarat was only a ‘spontaneous’ reaction (pratikriya) of Hindus to the killings of 59 Hindus in a train in Godhra. I do not buy this story.

    Firstly, there is still a mystery as to what exactly happened in Godhra, and who was responsible for the killings. Secondly, the particular persons who were responsible for the Godhra killings should certainly be identified and given harsh punishment, but how does this justify the attack on the entire Muslim community in Gujarat.

    Muslims are only 9% of the total population of Gujarat, the rest being mostly Hindus. In 2002 Muslims were massacred, their homes burnt, and other horrible crimes committed on them.

    To call the killings of Muslims in 2002 as a spontaneous reaction reminds one of Kristallnacht (see online) in Germany in November 1938, when the entire Jewish community in Germany was attacked, many killed, their synagogues burnt, shops vandalized, etc after a German diplomat in Paris was shot by a Jewish youth whose family had been persecuted by the Nazis.

    It was claimed by the Nazi Government that this was only a ‘spontaneous’ reaction, but in fact it was planned and executed by the Nazi authorities using fanatic mobs.


    I have said in my article ‘What is India?’ (see on my blog justicekatju.blogspot.in as well as on the video on the website kgfindia.com) that India is broadly a country of immigrants (like North America) and consequently it is a land of tremendous diversity.

    Hence the only policy which can hold it together and take it on the path of progress is secularism and equal respect and treatment to all communities and sects. This was the policy of the great Emperor Akbar, which was followed by our Founding Fathers (Pandit Nehru and his colleagues) who gave us a secular Constitution.

    Unless we follow this policy our country cannot survive for one day, because it has so much diversity, so many religions, castes, languages, ethnic groups, etc.

    India therefore does not belong to Hindus alone, it belongs equally to Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Parsis, Jains etc. Also, it is not that only Hindus can live in India as first rate citizens while others have to live as second or third rate citizens.

    All are first rate citizens here. The killings of thousands of Muslims and other atrocities on them in Gujarat in 2002 can never be forgotten or forgiven. All the perfumes in Arabia cannot wash away the stain on Modi in this connection.

    It is said by his supporters that Modi had no hand in the killings of Muslims in 2002, and it is also said that he has not been found guilty by any Court of Law. I do not want to comment on our judiciary, but I certainly do not buy the story that Modi had no hand in the events of 2002.

    He was the Chief Minister of Gujarat at that time, and the horrible events happened on a large scale in Gujarat Can it be believed that he had no hand in the events of 2002? At least I find it impossible to believe it.

    Let me give just one example. Ehsan Jafri was a respected, elderly former Member of the Indian Parliament living in the Chamanpura locality of Ahmedabad in Gujarat.

    His house was in the Gulbarga Housing Society, where mostly Muslims lived. According to the recorded version of his elderly wife Zakia, on 28.2.2002 a mob of fanatics blew up the security wall of the housing society using gas cylinders, they dragged Ehsan Jafri out of his house, stripped him, chopped off his limbs with swords, etc and burnt him alive.

    Many other Muslim were also killed and their houses burnt. Chamanpura is barely a kilometer from the police station, and less than 2 kilometres from the Ahmedabad Police Commissioner’s office.
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    Is it conceivable that the Chief Minister did not know what was going on? Zakia Jafri since then has been running from pillar to post to get justice for her husband who was so brutally murdered.

    Her criminal case against Modi was thrown out by the district Court (since the Special Investigation Team appointed by the Supreme Court found no evidence against Modi and filed a final report), and it is only now (after a gap of over 10 years since the incident) that the Supreme Court set aside the order of the trial Court and directed that her protest petition be considered.

    I am not going into this matter any further since it is still sub judice. Modi has claimed that he has developed Gujarat. It is therefore necessary to consider what is the meaning of ‘development’. To my mind development can have only one meaning, and that is raising the standard of living of the masses.

    Giving concessions to big industrial houses, and offering them cheap land and cheap electricity can hardly be called development if it does not raise the standard of living of the masses.

    Today, 48% Guajarati children are malnourished, which is a higher rate of malnourishment than the national average. In Gujarat there is high infant mortality rate, high women’s maternity death rate, and 57% poverty rate in tribal areas, and among Scheduled Castes/Backward Castes.

    As stated by Ramchandra Guha in his article in ‘The Hindu’ today, (8.2.2013) in Gujarat environmental degradation is rising, educational standards are falling, and malnutrition among children abnormally high. More than a third of adult men in Gujarat have a body mass index of less than 18.5 – the 7th worst in the country.

    A UNDP report in 2010 has placed Gujarat after 8 other Indian States in multiple dimensions of development e.g. helath, education, income levels, etc. (see Hindustan Times, 16.12.2012 P.13) Mr. Guha further states in his article: “As a sociologist who treats the aggregate data of economists with scepticism, I myself do not believe that Gujarat is the best developed State in the country.

    Shortly after Modi was sworn in for his third term, I travelled through Saurashtra, whose polluted and arid lands spoke of a hard grind for survival. In the towns, water, sewage, road and transport facilities were in a pathetic state; in the countryside, the scarcity of natural resources was apparent, as pastoralists walked miles and miles in search of stubble for their goats.

    In terms of social and economic development, Gujarat is better than average, but not among the best. Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Tamilnadu are the three states which provide a dignified life to a decent percentage of their population”.

    Business leaders no doubt claim that Modi has created a business friendly environment in Gujarat, but are businessmen the only people in India?

    To those who talk of development of Gujarat under Modi I ask this question: Should the malnourished children of Gujarat eat the roads, electricity and factories which Modi has created?

    I appeal to Indian people to consider all this if they are really concerned about the nation’s future, otherwise they may make the same mistake which Germans made in 1933.”Arun Jaitley’s reaction: On Sunday, BJP leader Arun Jaitley dubbed the PCI Chairman as “more Congress than the Congress” and demanded his resignation.

    Jaitley, in a statement in Delhi, said Katju’s article against Modi read more like a personal tirade and wondered whether the former Supreme Court judge was trying to hold a brief for those who have been convicted in the Godhra train burning incident.

    Referring to Katju’s criticism of Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Jaitley said, “His attacks on non-Congress governments whether in West Bengal, Bihar or Gujarat seem more in the nature of thanks-giving to those who provided him with a post-retirement job.”

    Jaitley took exception to Katju’s remarks that the people of the country should not make the same mistake made by the Germans in 1933.

    “I concede to Justice Katju the right to hold his political views, but can the occupant of a job whose functioning is quasi-judicial openly participate in political activity. His appeal is political. He appears to be more Congress than the Congress party,” Jaitley said, adding he should “either quit before actively participating in politics or be sacked.”

    Referring to Katju’s remarks against the governments of Bihar and Gujarat, Jaitley said he was yet to read a comment from Katju which prefers meritocracy over dynasty as an instrument of leadership creation.

    “Obviously, such comments would embarrass those who desire to legitimise India as a Dynastic Democracy. The crusader in Justice Katju subjects himself to self-censorship when UPA’s corruption from the 2G spectrum allocation to the coal block allocation are to be commented upon,” he said.

    Terming the remarks as political, Jaitley asked “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 Lutyen’s bungalow post retirement has to be political neutrality not political participation,” he said.

    The PCI Chairman has always been a retired judge of the Supreme Court, Jaitley said adding that he deals with issues relating to the freedom of press, possible encroachment of the said freedom and also hears complaints relating to lack of professionalism in media reporting and comment.

    “The Chairman of the Press Council discharges a statutory job. His job requires fairness, impartiality and political neutrality. Additionally a Judge, whether sitting or retired, is expected to conduct himself with sobriety, dignity and grace. He cannot be loud, crude, outlandish or behave like a megalomaniac,” the BJP leader said.

    Jaitley said it was a fundamental principle that in the conduct of judicial or quasi-judicial functions a Judge should refrain from involving themselves in political controversies.

    “If he desires to get into a political activity or a political debate, he should cease to hold his judicial or quasi-judicial office. In any case his views are liable for the same level of scrutiny and comment as is applicable to politicians,” he said.

    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 J S Verma, Justice Swatantra 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 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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