DMK urges Prez to sack Katju as Press Council chairman

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chennai
  • Updated: Jul 30, 2014 21:18 IST

Smarting under revelations that it backed a tainted judge in the Madras high court, the DMK hit back on Wednesday at Justice Markandey Katju by asking President Pranab Mukherjee to sack him as the chairman of the Press Council of India.

Justice Katju, DMK leaders said brought down the dignity of the office he holds by his utterances from time to time. The party sent a formal request to the President to sack Katju from the office he holds. An identical letter has been sent to vice president also by party legal secretary RS Bharathi.

Justice Katju, the party leader said, would often rip apart the judicial system and thereby undermine this pillar of democracy. Describing his conduct and utterances as bad, Bharathi said his controversial statements lead to erosion of faith in the judiciary.

Justice Katju had blasted the DMK for backing a corrupt judge and accused it of arm twisting the UPA government into facilitating the extension of this Madras high court judge.
Justice Katju had also insinuated that a senior party leader of a UPA ally from Tamil Nadu had supported the tainted judge to the hilt. He however did not name the party or the leader, but left none in doubt as to whom he was referring to.

DMK supremo Karunanidhi also hit back at Katju questioning the timing of his revelations and counter charged him with trying to help Jayalalithaa gain a positive image on the eve of the judgment against her in the disproportionate assets case going on trial in a Bangalore court.

DMK leader secretary Bharathi too levelled similar allegations against Katju in his letter to the President and the vice-president that Katju made revelations after a gap of ten years with an intention to help the AIADMK gain political mileage.

Why did Justice Katju not speak about these allegations all these years, the DMK leader questioning asking the president to remove him from the office of the chairman of the Press Council of India.

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