New Delhi, Apr 29 (ILNS): The Kerala Union of Working Journalists has demanded Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to withdraw his baseless statement made about KUWJ in the Supreme Court and publicly apologise for the same.
SG Mehta had made the remarks during the hearing on providing better medical treatment to journalist Siddique Kappan on April 28.
The complainant said KUWJ is the most organised and active organisation of journalists in the country, which has been championing for the cause of media rights and media persons for more than six decades. In his letter written to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had made it clear that he was requesting to ensure better medical care for Kappan, on the basis of KUWJ’s plea also, it said.
The flawed and prejudiced opinion of the highest legal representative of the Union government reflects how shabbily important issues are being handled, it added.
“In another way, perhaps it might be our mistake expecting righteousness from SG Mehta, who had earlier included wrong inputs about KUWJ in the affidavit filed in the Supreme Court in Kappan case on behalf of the UP government. Mr Mehta should check within the journalist fraternity in New Delhi, or in his circle about how KUWJ’s state-supported pension and health insurance schemes had set a model in the country,” the complaint has said.
“SG Mehta’s cronies should not have told him that Kerala government used to consult KUWJ before pursuing any measures in media sector. Let me remind the Solicitor General that it is KUWJ, which established the first journalists’ owned press club in the country, in Kochi. It is the single organisation of working journalists of Kerala, which has 3,500 full-time members and many more closely associated with.
“The Solicitor General should learn from his legal friends about the historic fight we fought in SC to bring in the 6th (Majithia) Wage Board, which fixed the wages and allowances for working journalist and non-journalist employees in India.
“We will approach the Prime Minister, the Union Law Minister, the Chief Justice of India and the Attorney General, seeking action against Mr Mehta for his baseless and highly condemnable remarks,” said KUWJ President K P Reji and General Secretary E S Subhash. ILNS\KR\SJ\RJ