Former Supreme Court judge Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai is believed to have been chosen as the next head of the Press Council of India (PCI). Justice Desai recently served as the chairman of the Delimitation Commission on Jammu and Kashmir, which was established to redesign the Union Territory’s assembly constituencies.
- Since Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad (retd) completed his tenure as PCI chairperson and demitted office in November of last year, the position has been empty.
- The appointment of Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai as PCI chairwoman was accepted by a committee that included Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, and PCI member Prakash Dubey.
- Justice Desai, 72, has also served on the Bombay High Court as a judge.
- The selection of Justice Desai as the PCI chief will be announced in the near future.
- A suggestion for the recruitment of MPs to the panel is also awaited.
About Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai:
- Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai is the current chairperson of India’s Delimitation Commission and a former Supreme Court judge.
- Before being appointed to the Supreme Court, she worked as a public prosecutor for the state of Maharashtra and as a judge on the Bombay High Court.
- Desai was the Chairperson of the Indian Appellate Tribunal for Electricity after her retirement from the Supreme Court.