Modi government warns Press Council of India not to behave like judiciary


Just few days after Press Council of India issued bailable arrest warrant against a senior civil servant in the Information and Broadcasting ministry, the Narendra Modi government has hit back questioning the former’s authority.

According to PTI, the Narendra Modi government has reportedly reminded the PCI to be mindful of its limit and not behave like a judicial body.

The PCI was reportedly told that it had limited powers and it couldn’t function like a court.

The PCI’s chairman, Justice (retd) CK Prasad said that if the central government had different opinion about his body’s powers, then he was happy to hear its point of view.

The PCI on 13 April had decided to serve a bailable arrest warrant against Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry Secretary Sunil Arora over his non-appearance before it on Monday following an earlier summon issued to him.

The unanimous decision to secure Arora’s attendance before the Council at its next scheduled meeting here on 22 April was taken by its members at their meeting in Delhi on Monday under the Chairmanship of Justice(retd) C K Prasad.

The PCI on 17 March had decided to conduct a suo motu probe into the “continued apathy” of the I&B Ministry towards the activities of the Council particularly at its efforts to preserve the freedom of the press and mandate under the Press Council Act.