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Government nominates Justice (Retd) Ranjana Prakash Desai as Chairperson of Press Council of India

She is the first woman chairperson of the print media watchdog

Ranjana Prakash Desai

The Government of India has nominated Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai as Chairperson of the Press Council of India. Justice Desai is a retired Judge of the Supreme Court of India.

She is the first woman chairperson of the print media watchdog after her name was cleared by a committee comprising Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and PCI member Prakash Dubey.

She has replaced Justice (Retd) CK Prasad who vacated office in November 2021. Since then, the PCI chairman’s office has been left vacant.

Justice Desai, 72, had recently headed the Delimitation Commission on Jammu and Kashmir which was set up to redraw the Assembly constituencies of the Union Territory.

She was a judge of the Supreme Court from September 13, 2011, to October 29, 2014.

Justice Desai later took charge as the chairperson of the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity on December 1 2014 in Delhi and continued to serve in that capacity until November 30, 2017.

She was appointed as the chairperson of the Advance Ruling Authority (Income Tax) in 2018 and held the position until October 29, 2019. She also chaired the Lokpal Appointment Committee. She was appointed as the chairperson of the Delimitation Commission of India on March 6, 2020.

Before her stint in the apex court, she was a judge of the Bombay High Court.

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