Press Council of India Chairperson Markandey Katju on Wednesday asked Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to “show cause why I should not recommend to the President to dismiss your Government under Article 356 of the Constitution.” For, “your government apparently seems to have failed to uphold the Constitution as it has failed to uphold the freedom of the press under Article 19 (1)(a).”
It “seems to me that your government is neither able to maintain law and order nor prevent attacks on journalists, which seriously imperils freedom of the press,” Justice Katju said in his letter, seeking Mr. Chavan's reply within three days.
He wrote the letter after a group of journalists from Maharashtra met him.
“I was informed that in the last ten years, well over 800 journalists were physically attacked, while in the last two-and-a-half years, 213 journalists were attacked by political workers and anti-social elements. More shocking was the daylight murder of veteran journalist J. Dey.” Justice Katju, who has already written twice to Mr. Chavan on the same issue, asked, “Did I not even deserve the courtesy of a reply?”