Kolkata: Press Council of India chairman Justice Markandey Katju has described West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as "intolerant and whimsical" and warned she would lose power if she did not change. In a letter to her, Katju sought action against policemen who arrested Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra and farmer Shiladitya Chowdhury, the first for circulating a cartoon of the chief minister and the second for questioning her policies.
The former Supreme Court judge also said that former joint commissioner of police Damayanti Sen be restored to her earlier office, from which she was removed after she cracked a rape case on Park Street. "We all make mistakes but a gentleman is one who realises his mistake and apologizes," Katju wrote "I request you to act against the policemen who ordered and implemented the arrest of Mahapatra and Chowdhury, you should immediately withdraw the cases against them and apologize to them."
He accused Banerjee of victimising Damyanti Sen, who he said was an upright police officer. "You should apologize to her. You should also apologise to Tanya Bharadwaj whom you insulted on a CNN-IBN show." Bharadwaj, a young student, received the ire of the chief minister for questioning her on a TV show.
Katju said Banerjee's ministers and bureaucrats "are afraid to speak out their minds fearlessly before you, and are terrorised by your unpredictable and whimsical behaviour". Stating that her ways were "very unhealthy", he said Banerjee "will not be able to remain chief minister
03:30 PM, Nov 29, 2012
New Delhi: Singer and Trinamool Congress MP Kabir Suman may have sparked off fresh controversy within his party with a song he penned in support of IPS officer Damayanti Sen, who was recently demoted after she cracked the high profile Park Street rape case, and a severely critical commentary on party leader Mamata Banerjee on his website. Suman posted the audio clip of the song 'Damayanti Sen chollen' on his...
12:21 AM, Apr 10, 2012