Katju's remarks unsolicited, must quit: BJP

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 18, 2013 11:10 hrs

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Keeping up its attack on Press Council of India (PCI) chairman Markandey Katju, the BJP Monday said his remarks on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi are "unsolicited" and he is free to voice any opinion but after relinquishing his position.

"Justice Katju prefers slamming non-Congress governments and the fact is that he has been appointed by the government as PCI chairman and his salary and perks come from the government," said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

"He holds a quasi-judicial position and has made unsolicited remarks. Katju is free to voice any opinion but he has to surely relinquish his position as chairman of PCI," he said.

BJP leader Arun Jaitley Sunday charged Katju of partiality to the Congress and demanded that he resign, drawing a strong retort from the former apex court judge who accused him of distorting facts and asked him to quit politics.

The leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha said Katju had over the past week released a draft report on behalf of the Press Council of India (PCI) alleging that the media in Bihar was not independent.

He followed it up with an article in an English daily attacking the Gujarat government and Modi, added Jaitley.

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