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Former employee of DRDO Aijaz Ahmed Mirza who was arrested on terror charges addressing a media conference in Bangalore. File photo
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Former employee of DRDO Aijaz Ahmed Mirza who was arrested on terror charges addressing a media conference in Bangalore. File photo

The PCI chief wrote to Defence Minister A.K. Antony and Karnataka Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar, regarding the sacked DRDO scientist who was released as NIA failed to file chargesheet against him

Press Council of India Chairperson Markandey Katju has asked Defence Minister A.K. Antony and Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar to look into the case of Aijaz Ahmed Mirza, who was sacked as DRDO scientist after having been implicated in a bomb blast case.

In his letter to them, Justice Katju said media reports indicated that no evidence had been found against Mr. Mirza by the National Investigation Agency, which also refused to file a charge sheet against him.

If no evidence is found, “he should be reinstated forthwith in the post he was holding before he was sacked.”

Justice Katju also asked that adequate compensation be paid, and an open apology be tendered by the Central/State government to Mr. Mirza for the ‘torture and indignities in jail’ he suffered.

The letter comes a day after Justice Katju’s appeal to the media to exercise restraint in their coverage of blasts, and to refrain from falsely implicating Muslims even before investigations are complete.

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That's re-assuring that my country still have lot of secular and right thinking people. Undoubtedly, do not spare any criminal and terrorist irrespective of religious background.

Neither Islam nor any religion justifies or condones violence and terrorism.

Use the same judicial yardstick for judging & punishing the real culprits for bringing & maintaining justice & real peace in society.

from:  Amir Ali
Posted on: Mar 9, 2013 at 00:20 IST

Justice Katju not so long ago in this very paper compared his post with
that of a Supreme Court judge.
How many Supreme Court judges have we seen regularly overstepping their
mandate and trying to "advise" and comment in areas which does not fall
in their purview?

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 18:12 IST

This intelligent DRDO staffer deserves to be reinstated if there is no case against him. Hard work and integrity of an individual is paramount regardless of religious affiliation. All Indians have to endeavour a lot to make the nation trash-free, disease-free and free from poverty & illiteracy.

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 17:26 IST

Incompetent security and investigation agencies are letting actual
culprits free and jailing innocents to save themselves from pressure.

It is interesting to note that this DRDO employee got bail only after
NIA (remoted controller by center )took over the case, media is not
covering the technicality of the charges he faced. His associates are
still in jail it raises doubts of his cleanliness in this case, with
politicians meddling in such cases it is impossible to know if one is
innocent or guilty.

from:  sreenivasa reddy b
Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 16:49 IST

Justice Pen stands for truth. Katju is our real hero.

from:  Sowmya
Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 14:55 IST

Whom to employ or not is better left to the employer. What is the role of the PCI in this? Meanwhile, it is utmost important to quickly dispense justice in such cases. It is seen that politicians with grave corruption charges continue to enjoy power with the cases going on for ever! We have to do something to improve our judicail service.

from:  Jayarama Bhat
Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 12:30 IST

Well said,Justice Katju, a real secular in words and actions.

from:  Nzr
Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 09:42 IST

We have a central and several state governments. Yet, no action is
taken to prevent repetition of such false targeting of innocents.
There are so many still in jail without any hope in sight. Center
should immediately take action to finalize cases against them. Those
found innocents are to be adequately compensated for their lost
opportunities of education and employments. It is the minimum a
responsible government can do to them. Needless to say about the
damage done to their social status and stigma they are undergoing
throughout rest of their life. People like Justice Katju are hope of
our secular India. Through his bold statements and actions for doing
justice to the victims, Indian Muslims get enormous relief from
desperation. May God bless him.

from:  Shamsuddin
Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 09:19 IST

How much agony this man had to pass through for no fault of his in his own land?

from:  vijayan.a
Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 00:36 IST

Kudos justice Katju. We need more people like you for our country

from:  raghavan
Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 00:08 IST

For his act Muslim fraternity is thankful to Mr. Katju. Not only he realise the pain of an
innocent person but how one wrong decision can devastate life of person. It is time for
government to protect muslims from alienation. This feeling would be fatal in long

from:  Khurram Sajjad
Posted on: Mar 7, 2013 at 23:42 IST

Did DRDO have to dismiss him before trial? I thought suspension from job
is the usual method for a suspect. On the other hand, reinstatement,
apology should come after full discharge and not when on bail, right?
What about earlier media reports of Al Quaida stuff, etc in the
suspects' possession - is all that false? Inputs from the media, even
taken in totality, are quite confusing. I hope at least Mr Katju is able
to pick the grain from the chaff!

from:  Madhusudan
Posted on: Mar 7, 2013 at 23:25 IST

Apologize, No.
Reinstate, yes...

from:  Vineet
Posted on: Mar 7, 2013 at 20:11 IST

Mr Katju is increasingly turning out to be the leading light for us liberals by the day

from:  Abhinav
Posted on: Mar 7, 2013 at 19:51 IST

This is right this should be done.

from:  Kannan
Posted on: Mar 7, 2013 at 19:50 IST

Mr.Katju is right in saying that the governments should not misuse their powers and any wronged person must be compensated. Mr.Katju must take up all such cases of unlawful actions and must not be selective in his approach.

from:  K.R.Srivarahan
Posted on: Mar 7, 2013 at 19:36 IST

The whole episode was unfortunate. I hope the Defence Minister will take early decision in the matter. What is the Human Rights Commission doing? It is not for the PCI to raise the issue. Thank you Katju sb.

from:  ts rao
Posted on: Mar 7, 2013 at 19:26 IST

mr katju dont have any other work . cheap publicity tricks

from:  satish reddy
Posted on: Mar 7, 2013 at 18:55 IST

We cannot become a nation where a person could be randomly targeted
merely based on religious prejudices of the administration. An honest
apology and compensation would send out a message that the intentions
behind such an arrest were genuine,upholding its propriety, even if the
prosecution failed to establish any culpability or if there was any mis-

from:  Raghavendra Adla
Posted on: Mar 7, 2013 at 18:42 IST

Why don't you do proper research while publishing news? First of all he is not an employee of DRDO. He is an intern with one of DRDO laboratories. DRDO has nothing to do with this incident. It's upto the security agencies. DRDO earlier clarified once things get on well with him from security agencies he will continue his internship until he gets it finished. The level of security, confidentiality and integrity needed for DRDO from it's staff is entirely different from that of a normal road sweeper. Do some homework before publishing from non-sense people who poke around for timepass. We have proper channels to address things such as state's institutions where citizens have one or other mechanism to sort of things. Katzu should understand that he is a retired servant now and should stop issuing orders to state institutions.

from:  Manisha
Posted on: Mar 7, 2013 at 18:41 IST

'Muslims are terrorists and are fair game for being persecuted and
victimised by the communal forces' - how very true Justics Katju. Hats
of to you for being so open and in a way challenging the state and
its security apparatus. This is not the first time nor will be it the
last wherein after every blast Muslims are hounded, arrested,
tortured, made to sign false statements and the community as a whole
branded anti national (the media goes ballistic). The communal forces
gain via votes. It is sane voices like yours which bring brings in
solace during times like these. The so called leaders of Muslim
community just pay lip service and nowhere to be seen or heard during
times of need. I pray that your tribe grows.

from:  MMNasser
Posted on: Mar 7, 2013 at 18:02 IST

And now the govt. and the ministries will either keep shut or issue public statements against Mr Katju saying he should mind his own business and not poke around someone else's.

The mark of a truly respectful and genuine govt would be clear if Katju's request is fulfilled to the T. But of course, we can't expect that from our govt today, can we?

from:  Chandrashekhar
Posted on: Mar 7, 2013 at 17:59 IST

Is Mr Katju planning for a stint in Politics...

from:  Satinder
Posted on: Mar 7, 2013 at 17:56 IST

I am stunned by seeing what responsibility Mr Katju has been given and
what he is doing?

from:  Vineet Kumar Singh
Posted on: Mar 7, 2013 at 17:54 IST
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