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One member team to probe attack on Prabhani journalist, kin

Thursday March 14, 2013 08:33:59 PM, Hena Farhat,

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Mumbai: Press Council of India Chief Justice Markande Katju on Thursday ordered a probe into the incident in which a Maharashtra journalists working with a local Marathi newspaper was assaulted allegedly by few Congress activists.


"In my opinion this is a serious violation of the freedom of the Press guaranteed by Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution which the Press Council of India is mandated to protect", Katju said in a statement released today.

"I, therefore, hereby constitute a one member Committee, consisting of Anil Aggarwal, Member, Press Council of India, who is requested to thoroughly investigate into the matter and thereafter submit a report to me at the earliest for further action", he added.


Justice Katju also requested the Chief Minister, Maharashtra and Chief Secretary to submit a report on the matter.


"Further the Chief Minister, Maharashtra and Chief Secretary are requested to personally look into the matter with all seriousness, and submit a report to me at the earliest, after consulting with Mr. Anil Aggarwal", he said.


"This report shall be in addition to the report submitted by Shri Anil Aggarwal", he added.


Dinesh S. Choudhary, 40, his wife Arsana and teenaged daughter Rashmi were attacked in their house in Tilak Nagar in Purna town in Parbhani district, police said.

Police said the attackers, one of whom is local Congress activist Sayed Ali 'Don' and an unidentified man, barged into Choudhary's house just before midnight, threw acid on them and escaped.


Choudhary is working as a Purna-based district correspondent with Solapur Tarun Bharat newspaper.





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