Katju making unsolicited remarks: BJP

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 18, 2013 17:12 hrs
Katju making unsolicited remarks: BJP

India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said Press Cuncil of India (PCI) chairman Justice Markandey Katju was making 'unsolicited remarks' and he should resign from his position.

"Mr Katju is appointed by the government...His bias has been clearly exposed here," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Prasad Rudy said while addressing a press conference on Monday.

"Justice Katju is making unsolicited remarks," he said.

Rudy said: "Katju free to voice any opinion but he has to surely relinquish his position as Chairman of Press Council of India."

Slamming Katju for his recent article on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and the Gujarat riots and demanding his ouster, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley had said he should resign from his position before making political comments.

"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 bunglow post retirement has to be political neutrality not political participation," said Jaitley in a hard-hitting article posted on the BJP website on Sunday after the remarks of Justice Katju in media.

"The last week witnessed a selective targeting of two popular non-Congress State Governments and its leaders by Justice Markandey Katju, a retired judge of the Supreme Court , presently the Chairperson of the Press Council of India. He released a draft report on behalf of the Press Council of India alleging that media in Bihar was not independent. He followed it up with an article in 'The Hindu' attacking the Gujarat Government and its' Chief Minister Narender Modi," said Jaitley.

Responding to Jaitley´s attack, Katju slammed the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha saying he is "unfit for politics".

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