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Posted on Nov 29, 10:49PM | UNI
A few days after he publicly criticised Ms Mamata Banerjee, Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju has described the West Bengal Chief Minister as "intolerant and whimsical," advising to mend her ways to remain in power.
In a letter to her, Mr Katju said action should be taken against policemen who had arrested Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra and farmer Shiladitya Chowdhury.
While Mahapatra had circulated a cartoon of the chief minister on a social networking site, Chowdhury had raised questions at a public meeting about the Chief Minister's policies.
Mr Katju, a former Supreme Court judge, also sought that former joint commissioner of police Damayanti Sen be restored to her earlier office, from which she was transferred after she progressed on the infamous Park Street rape case.
"We all make mistakes but a gentleman is one who realises his mistake and apologises," the letter said.
"I request you to act against the policemen who ordered and implemented the arrest of Mahapatra and Chowdhury, you should immediately withdraw the cases against them and apologise to them." Accusing Ms Banerjee of victimising an "upright police officer" like Damayanti Sen, Mr Katju said, she should also apologise to Tanya Bhardwaj, a college student, whom she had 'inuslted' during a live television show.
The PCI Chairman said Ms Banerjee's ministers and bureaucrats were afraid to speak out their minds fearlessly before her, and are terrorised by her unpredictable and whimsical behaviour.
He observed that the ways the Chief Minister was functioning was "very unhealthy." "Ms Banerjee will not be able to remain Chief Minister for long unless she changed her ways and became more tolerant...."It is still not too late if you listen to my advice and change your ways. I had praised you at one time.
But of late you seem to have become increasingly intolerant and whimsical," the letter said.