Congress' support to Justice Katju has strengthened belief about his bias: BJP

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 18, 2013 17:25 hrs

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said the open and continues statements of the Congress spokespersons and leaders favouring Press Council of India (PCI) chairman Justice (retired) Markandey Katju, have proved our belief that he is biased and working on a particular agenda.

The war of words between the BJP and Justice Katju started after another senior BJP Arun Jaitley wrote an article, blaming him of being biased and targeting only non-Congress state governments.

Justice Katju, in the response to Jaitley's allegation, had asked him to quit politics, saying he is unfit for it.

"We have seen the various Congress spokesperson and leaders are coming out with statements favouring Justice Katju. These statements have deepened our belief that he is working on a particular agenda. It is very painful and unfortunate that a former Supreme Court judge, who is presently heading a judicial body, is making such statements in the favour of Congress and vice-versa," said BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Earlier in the day, senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha had said that Katju should be dismissed immediately for being biased.

On the other hand, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh expressed shock over Jaitley's statement and said Katju's impartial approach is a well-known fact.

In the article posted on the BJP's official website, Jaitley has written that Justice Katju's is behaving like more Congress than the Congress party and alleged that his attacks on non-Congress state governments seem like "a thanksgiving to those who gave him a post-retirement job.' 

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