“I concede to Katju the right to hold his political views, but can the occupant of a job whose functioning is quasi-judicial openly participate in political activity,” Jaitley said. “He should either quit before actively participating in politics or be sacked.”
Dubbing Katju as more Congress than the Congress, he said the former Supreme Court judge’s attacks on the non-Congress governments were more in the nature of “thanks-giving to those who provided him with a post-retirement job”.
Asking Jaitley to quit politics, Katju said the BJP leader was twisting facts. He said he had reacted strongly to the arrest of two girls in Maharashtra over a Facebook post and Himachal CM threatening to break the camera of a journalist. The Congress is in power in both the states.
“Jaitley has criticised me for a report against the Bihar government for suppressing press freedom. That was not my report, but that of a three-member team of the PCI. Here again, Jaitley has twisted facts,” Katju said.
Jaitley’s counter was “insightful” in demolishing “lies” spread about Gujarat, Modi tweeted.
'Justice Katju looks at Guj with a jaundiced eye.' Jaitley ji's insightful article demolishing lies spread about Guj nm4.in/VuMxRU— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 17, 2013
'Justice Katju looks at Guj with a jaundiced eye.' Jaitley ji's insightful article demolishing lies spread about Guj nm4.in/VuMxRU