Markandey Katju: A former Supreme Court judge with short temper

22 Feb

Markandey Katju loosing his temper in an inteviewMarkandey Katju is the Chairman of Press Council of India and a former judge of the Supreme Court of India. The Press Council of India is one of the most important statutory bodies in India that governs the conduct of the print media. Katju recently wrote an article in a national daily against the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. Katju in his article said “The truth today is that Muslims in Gujarat are terrorized and afraid that if they speak out against the horrors of 2002 they may be attacked and victimized. In the whole of India, Muslims (who are over 200 million of the people of India) are solidly against Modi (though there are a handful of Muslims who for some reason disagree.” Katju further wrote: “It is said by his supporters that Modi has no hand in the killings of Muslims in 2002 and it is also said that he had not been found guilty by any court of law. I do not want to comment on our judiciary but I certainly do not buy the story that Modi had no hand in the events of 2002. He was the chief minister of Gujarat at that time, and the horrible events happened on a large scale in Gujarat. Can it be believed that he had no hand in the events of 2002? At least I find it impossible to believe it.”

Markandey Katju cartoonBefore we start bashing Katju for his remarks let us make it clear that klpdindia.com is not a supporter of BJP or Congress or any political parties in India. We found Katju’s remarks on Modi too provocative to an extent that could disturb the communal harmony of our country. What in the world motivated Katju to comment on an even that happened twelve years ago, why was he silent so far? Is it because media is giving enough footage to Modi as a prime minister candidate for 2014? It really makes no sense for a chairman of press council of India speaking against any individual or a political party. His statement clearly divides our nation; it provokes our Muslim brothers to form a wrong opinion about a chief minister who has so far done fairly well for his state as compared to the others. The 2002 incident of Gujarat was a shameful event which was carried by the religious-goons or the anti-social elements of our society who in the name of religion can go to any extent.

Katju was also the former judge of Supreme Court, being retired from such a prestigious post; one would expect him to be more sensible towards sensitive cases like Gujrat-2002 case. Another wild nature of Katju came into limelight during his interview with a news channel India news. The interview proves his impatient nature and his tolerance level, with this kind of volatile nature one wonder what kind of judgments he might have passed during his tenure as the Supreme Court judge.

Here is Katju’s interview:

In December 2012, Katju in one of his remarks said ’90 per cent of Indians are fools’ but later on clarified by saying that it was meant to awaken people to the realities of social evils like casteism, communalism in the country. May God help India from people like Markandey Katju.

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