MARKANDEY KATJU

  • Sadhvi Prachi courts another controversy, calls Mahatma Gandhi a British agent March 19, 2015

    Controversial VHP Leader Sadhvi Prachi has courted another controversy by saying that Mahatma Gandhi was a British agent and his contribution towards India's independence is negligible. She claimed that India got freedom not by spinning the charkha but sacrifices made by brave sons like Savarkar, Bhagat Singh, Ram Prasad...
  • After Markandey Katju, Sadhvi Prachi calls Mahatma Gandhi a 'British agent' March 18, 2015

    Ghaziabad: Controversial Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Sadhvi Prachi on Wednesday sparked another controversy as she alleged that Mahatma Gandhi was a "British agent" and his contribution towards independence of the country was "negligible", days after former Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju levelled same allegation. "It was only due to...
  • Markandey Katju dares Lok Sabha to book him under 'Lunatics Act' March 13, 2015

    New Delhi: After Rajya Sabha, former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju on Thursday dared Lok Sabha to book him under "Lunatics Act" for punishing him. Hours after Lok Sabha passed a resolution condemning for his remarks on Mahatma Gandhi and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, he wrote on his blog, "One Honorable...
  • Mahatma Gandhi was an agent of British says Justice Markandey Katju March 12, 2015

    Justice Markandey Katju had called Mahatma Gandhi an agent of the British. Katju made the controversial remark in his blog where he was highly critical of Gandhi and said he did great harm to India. ...
  • Markandey Katju stirs controversy, says Mahatma Gandhi was a British agent March 10, 2015

    New Delhi: Press Council Chairman Justice Markandey Katju has sparked another row by describing Mahatma Gandhi as a British agent in his latest blog post. He said Gandhi did great harm to India by injecting religion into politics. "By constantly injecting religion into politics continuously for several decades, Gandhi furthered the...
  • Delhi elections: Shazia more beautiful, better suited than Bedi for CM post, says Markandey Katju January 30, 2015

    New Delhi: Former Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju has sparked another row by apparently making a sexist comment involving BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi and recently-joined leader Shazia Ilmi. In two successive tweets Katju said, "I regard Shazia Ilmi much more beautiful than Kiran Bedi. If Shazia had...
  • Justice Katju hits out at KCR, says his statement against media is improper, unacceptable September 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Press Council of India Chairman Justice Markandey Katju has hit out at Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for threatening to bury the media. Katju said that KCR's statement was improper and unacceptable. "This statement of a Chief Minister is, in my opinion, highly improper, highly objectionable and totally...
  • Chennai Police to monitor crime reporters, keeping a tab on the press September 9, 2014

    Chennai: Chennai police is monitoring crime reporters in the city to ensure that there are no negative news reports in the media. According to reports, an internal circular issued by the Chennai police has named 4 senior officials to keep a tab on print reporters and media houses in the...
  • Exposing corruption does not defame judiciary: Katju September 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju, who recently court a controversy for talking about "judicial corruption", on Monday attacked his critics, questioning how exposing graft defames judiciary while corruption by judges does not. Referring to criticism that he was trying to defame judiciary by exposing corruption, he said sarcastically...
  • Delhi HC reserves order on PIL seeking CBI probe into Justice Markandey Katju's charge September 3, 2014

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict on a PIL seeking a CBI probe into Press Council of India head Markandey Katju's charge that three former Chief Justices of India made "improper compromises" to save a "tainted" judge of the Madras High Court. "We will pass...
  • CJI should be appointed on basis of merit: Markandey Katju August 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Press Council of India chairman Justice Markandey Katju has pitched for appointment of Chief Justice of India (CJI) on the basis of merit and not on the basis of seniority. He said there is no constitutional provision or statutory rule of the seniormost judge of the Supreme Court being...
  • Hindus, Muslims must change their mindset: Justice Katju August 17, 2014

    New Delhi: If Hindus and Muslims want to become "real Indians", they must change their mindset, Press Council of India Chairman Justice Markandey Katju has said. In his latest blog posting, the former judge of the Supreme Court said, "Hindus will become real Indians when they stop regarding SCs as inferior,...
  • Sena hits out at Katju for saying awarding Bharat Ratna to Tendulkar a disgrace to country August 12, 2014

    Mumbai: Attacking Press Council of India Chairman Justice Markandey Katju for his reported remarks about conferring Bharat Ratna on cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, Shiv Sena on Tuesday questioned the work done by the media watchdog under his stewardship. Amid the row over continued absence of Tendulkar and Rekha from Rajya Sabha,...
  • Centre tables Constitution Amendement Bill for creation of National Judicial Commission August 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday tabled the Constitution Amendment Bill for Judicial Reforms. Twothirds majority is required for the Bill which if passed will clear the way for scrapping of the collegium system, a forum which decided the appointments and transfer of judges of the Supreme...
  • Justice Katju continues to make fresh allegations of corruption in judiciary, CJI expresses anguish August 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Supreme Court Judge Justice Markandey Katju has delivered another bombshell in his blog alleging corruption in the judiciary. Katju, who accused former Chief Justice SH Kapadia of not acting against a corrupt judge, has once again hit back at Justice Kapadia, who said that he does not...
  • Justice Katju's comments on corruption in higher judiciary and Judicial Appointments Bill August 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Justice Markandey Katju, retired judge of the Supreme Court of India is at it once again. After making serious allegations about a judge of the Madras High Court, a month ago, he has once again made serious allegations about the corruption in judiciary. An anguished Chief Justice of...
  • CJI RM Lodha defends collegium system, says there is a campaign to defame the judiciary August 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Chief Justice of India RM Lodha on Monday defended the collegium system and said there is a campaign to defame the judiciary. "There is a campaign to disrespect the judiciary and this is doing a great damage. Don't shake the confidence of the people by defaming judiciary." Lodha expressed...
  • Name the corrupt judges, Justice RS Sodhi tells Justice Katju August 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Delhi High Court judge Justice RS Sodhi has hit out at former Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju for making allegations of corruption in the judiciary. "Why is Katju not making all allegations at one go. Why is he not taking names of the corrupt judges? Is...
  • Justice Katju alleges former CJI Justice Kapadia of overlooking corruption August 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Press Council of India Chairman and former Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju has made fresh allegations in his latest blog regarding the promotion of a judge of Allahabad High Court of questionable reputation. Katju mentions that a certain judge was transferred to the Allahabad High Court after coming...
  • Katju's allegation a blatant lie: M Karunanidhi August 8, 2014

    Chennai: DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Friday dismissed as a blatant lie the allegation of Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju that his party had pressured the UPA regime over the appointment of an Additional Judge of Madras High Court. "It is a blatant lie," Karunanidhi told reporters when his...
  • Process of judges' appointment should be transparent: Justice Katju July 29, 2014

    In an interview to CNNIBN, Press Council of India Chairman and former Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju on said the present collegium a total failure as there was no mention of collegium system in the Constitution of India. "This system was artificially created by some judges. The process of...
  • Is it time to scrap the collegium system? July 29, 2014

    After the controversy generated by former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju's allegation of corruption in judiciary, the Centre on Monday pushed for reforms in the judicial appointment process. The Law Ministry has began consultations to prepare a draft to change the collegium system, whereby judges appoint judges. ...
  • Jurists back Centre, say the system of selection of judges needs to be changed July 29, 2014

    New Delhi: In the fallout of the Justice Markandey Katju controversy, the government has pushed for reform in the judicial appointment process. The Law Ministry has started consultations to prepare a draft to change the collegium system. After a meeting with the Law Minister and eminent jurists, Attorney General Mukul...
  • Centre starts preparation to change collegium system to appoint judges July 28, 2014

    New Delhi: After the controversy generated by former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju's allegation of corruption in judiciary, the Centre on Monday pushed for reforms in the judicial appointment process. The Law Ministry has began consultations to prepare a draft to change the collegium system, whereby judges appoint judges. The government's...
  • Government begins consultation on Judicial Appointment Commission Bill July 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Monday started the consultation process on Judicial Appointment Commission Bill seeking to change the collegium system. The meeting was called by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and will be attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Attorney General Mukul Rohatagi and eminent jurists. The meeting was...
  • Modi government should be given more time to tackle India's economy: Manmohan Singh July 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday said that the new government should be given more time to tackle the economic situation of the country. "We should give more time to the new government," he said. He, however, refused to be drawn into controversy triggered by former Supreme...
  • Centre not keen on extending Justice Katju's term as PCI Chairman: sources July 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Justice Markandey Katju is not likely to get an extension to his term as the Press Council of India Chairman, say sources. Sources tell CNNIBN that the Prime Minister Office (PMO) is not keen on extending Katju's term as the PCI Chairman. The former Supreme Court judge is set...
  • Centre seeks views from political parties on procedure of appointing judges July 24, 2014

    New Delhi: With an intent to bring amendments in the procedure of appointment of judges, the Law Ministry has sought inputs from political parties over the procedure. The NDA government has been mulling a Constitutional Amendment Bill to set up a Judicial Appointments Commission to replace the present collegium system....
  • Justice Ganguly backs Katju's claim of political interference in judiciary July 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Supreme Court judge Justice AK Ganguly has backed Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju's claim of alleged political interference in judiciary appointments. Ganguly has criticised the current collegium system of appointing judges. Ganguly said that many eminent judges, who would have otherwise qualified for a post...
  • Government demands statement from Manmohan Singh on corrupt judge issue July 23, 2014

    New Delhi: A day after informing Parliament that the PMO under Manmohan Singh had pushed for extension to a judge facing corruption charges, the government on Wednesday demanded that the former Prime Minister should make a "categorical" statement on the controversial matter. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that...