Government has appointed former Supreme Court Judge CK Prasad as Chairman of Press Council of India (PCI) for second term. His nomination was approved by three-member committee headed by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. He was earlier appointed to post in November 2014 after Justice Markanday Katju stepped down.
Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad :
Prior to his appointment, he served as a former Judge of the Supreme Court of India, from 8 February 2010 to 14 July 2014. Justice Prasad began his career by enrolling as an Advocate on 27 November 1973 with the Bar Council of Bihar. He practiced in Civil, Constitutional, Criminal and Service matters at the High Court of judicature at Patna, Bihar and was designated as a Senior Advocate on 17 July 1989. He was appointed as the Additional Advocate General of the State of Bihar on 14.12.1993.
Press Council of India (PCI) :
PCI is a statutory body with mandate to act as watchdog to oversee conduct of the print media. It derives its mandate from Press Council Act, 1978.
Composition: It consist of Chairman (who has by convention, been a retired judge of Supreme Court) and 28 other members off whom 20 represent press, five are nominated from two Houses of Parliament and three represent cultural, literary and legal fields.
Functions: It is statutory, quasi-judicial body acting as watchdog of press. It adjudicates complaints against and by the press for violation of ethics and for violation of the freedom of the press respectively.