Former Supreme Court Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai first woman to head PCI

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 17

The government on Friday notified the appointment of former Supreme Court judge Justice (retd) Ranjana Prakash Desai as the chairman of the Press Council of India.

Justice (retd) Desai, 72, is the first woman judge to preside over the PCI. She succeeds Justice (retd) CK Prasad, who demitted office in November 2021. The post of PCI chief was lying vacant since then. Justice (retd) Desai recently headed the Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission. She also chairs the five-member committee of the Uttarakhand government set up to draft a Uniform Civil Code.

He did a Bachelor of Arts from Elphinstone College in 1970 and a Bachelor of Laws from Government Law College, Bombay in 1973.

She joined the legal profession on July 30, 1970, and was appointed public prosecutor in 1979. Later, she became the Special Public Prosecutor for Preventive Detention Cases in 1986.

Justice (Retd) Desai was elevated to a division bench of the Bombay High Court on April 15, 1996 and as a judge of the Supreme Court on September 13, 2011. She retired from the apex court on October 29, 2014.

With his appointment, the mandatory three-member search committee for selection of the President and CEO of Prasar Bharati is now complete. The public broadcaster has not had a regular chairman since the departure of the previous chairman, Surya Prakash.