Markandey Katju to head Press Council

New Delhi: Former Supreme Court judge
Markandey Katju has been appointed chairman of the Press Council of
India, the information and broadcasting ministry announced here
Wednesday.

Katju takes over from Justice G.N. Ray.

Born
Sep 20, 1946, Katju practiced law in the Allahabad High Court and was
appointed its judge in 1991 and as acting chief justice in August 2004.
He was chief justice of the Madras High Court in November 2004.

He
became chief justice of the Delhi High Court in October 2005 and was
appointed a Supreme Court judge in April 2006. He retired on Sep 19,
2011.

His father, late Justice S.N. Katju, was a former judge of
the Allahabad High Court while his grandfather Kailash Nath Katju was
one of India’s leading lawyers.

Kailash Katju took part in the
freedom movement and served as the Madhya Pradesh chief minister,
governors of West Bengal and Orissa as well as the union law, home and
defence ministers, a statement added.

The Press Council of India
is a statutory, quasi judicial body which acts as a watchdog of the
media. Its chairman by convention is a retired judge of the Supreme
Court.

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