Katju must quit Press Council: bar panel

Updated - November 16, 2021 05:33 pm IST

Published - July 25, 2014 12:06 am IST - NEW DELHI:

The All India Bar Association (AIBA) has demanded the resignation of Press Council of India (PCI) Chairman Justice Markandey Katju, saying the media should be able to express their views without fear of any action by him on their adverse opinion of his allegations that the term of a “corrupt” additional judge in the Madras High Court was extended under political pressure . “It is surprising that Justice Katju made these allegations after so many years and even after the death of the judge concerned. Intelligence Bureau reports have not been accepted in so many appointments of High Court and Supreme Court judges,” AIBA president Adish C. Aggarwala said in a statement.

“If the said High Court judge was corrupt, then it was obligatory on the part of Justice Katju, as the then Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, to seek at least his transfer, if not his impeachment. It is not appropriate for a retired judge and PCI Chairperson to lower the dignity of the judiciary. Had these allegations been made by some other person, he would have been convicted under the Contempt of Courts Act,” Mr. Aggarwala said. When his reaction to the demand was sought, Mr. Justice Katju said, “I don’t want to comment.”

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