Intolerance not expected from politicians: Katju

In the wake of reports that Himachal Pradesh Congress chief Virbhadra Singh threatened to break the cameras of media persons when they asked him about the allegations faced by him, Press Council of India (PCI) chairman Justice Markandey Katju on Wednesday said "intolerant behaviour" by politicians has no place in a democracy.

"It is deeply regrettable that certain politicians are of late becoming increasingly intolerant towards the media, and are not behaving in a manner which is expected of them in a democracy," he said.

Without naming Singh, Katju referred to the incident involving the former Union minister and dubbed it an "undemocratic behaviour." He also took potshots at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her statement earlier this month that a section of the media was indulging in "dadagiri.

"Politicians must realise that in a democracy people have a right to criticise them, and the media has a right to enquire about the activities of politicians and inform the public about it," he said.

Arguing that people are supreme in a democracy and politicians are "only the servants of the people", he said "the media thus acts as an agent of the people for giving them information about their servants".

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