New Delhi: Justice Markandey Katju has often been in the news for all the wrong reasons. This time, the former Supreme Court judge sparked off a controversy after he allegedly made a sarcastic comment on Biharis.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, Justice Katju offered to give Kashmir to Pakistan on a condition that they also take Bihar. “It is a package deal. You have to take the whole package, or none at all. Either you take both Kashmir and Bihar, or nothing. We will not give you Kashmir alone,” he said.
Katju said former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had offered this deal to Musharraf at the Agra Summit, but he stupidly rejected it.
However, Katju’s joke didn’t go down well with most of the netizens who launched a counter-offensive against the former judge on social media. While several posts reminded Katju of the fact that several Bihari soldiers got martyrdom recently, a few posts took a more humorous line saying the ‘package’ includes not only Bihar but the judge himself.
Katju, however, rebuffed the criticism against him saying those who were offended by his post should file a petition in the Supreme Court praying for banning jokes about Biharis. “There is already a petition pending in the Supreme Court for banning Sardarji jokes ( after all the Supreme Court has a lot of time to deal with such frivolous matters, and little time to deal with urgent cases ). So get your petition tagged with the Sardarji one. It would be a pleasant sight for spectators to see Sardars and Biharis jostling together in the Courtroom,” Katju said in another post.
Katju had recently raised many eyebrows after he launched a scathing attack on Amitabh Bachchan, saying there is nothing in the actor’s head. The Bollywood veteran retorted saying what Katju said was right.