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Markandey Katju

Justice Markandey Katju is the Chairman, Press Council of India. He was formerly a Judge of the Supreme court of India.

Markandey Katju served as the Supreme Court Judge from April 10, 2006 to September 19, 2011.


Press Council Chairman Markandey Katju made a controversial comment in December 2012 when he called "90 percent of Indians were idiots." He made the controversial comment at a seminar in New Delhi. The remark triggered a controversy and two students - Tanaya Thakur and Aditya Thakur sent a legal notice to Katju threatening that they will move court if he doesn't apologise for his comments. On 10 December 2012, Katju replied to the legal notice explaining his intentions when he made the remark.

Markandey Katju, on 19 Dec 2012, slammed the Delhi gangrape incident. However, he said that there are also issues like unemployment, farmers' suicide and lack of healthcare that needs to be tackled immediately. He said that if the incident had happened in rural India, it would not have resulted in condemnation by the politicians in media and in the Parliament.

The emotional outburst and agitations against the Delhi gangrape incident will fizzle out in 10-15 days, Katju said. Katju while reiterating harsh punishment for the perpetrators of the Delhi gangrape incident, said that this is not the only serious issue the nation is facing. Dec 27, 2012

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