NBA appoints Justice AK Sikri as chairperson of NBSA

MUMBAI: The News Broadcasters Association (NBA) has appointed former Supreme Court judge Justice AK Sikri as chairperson of the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA). He will assume office on 26th May.

NBSA is an independent body for self-regulation of news channels, who are members of the NBA. Justice (Retd.) A. K. Sikri will succeed Justice (Retd.) R. V. Raveendran, who will complete his term on 25th May.

In a statement, NBA President Rajat Sharma said, “Justice Sikri’s vast experience in judiciary and an impeccable record as a judge would definitely strengthen self-regulation and NBSA. NBSA he said, is a self-regulatory body that implements the Code of Ethics and Broadcasting Standards and Guidelines for its Member news broadcasters. It is an independent body which is completely free from any interference from the NBA, Sharma added.”

Justice Sikri enrolled as an Advocate in July 1977 with Bar Council of Delhi and started practicing in Delhi, conducted cases of all types with specialisation in Constitutional cases, Labour – Service Matters and Arbitration Matters. He was counsel for numerous Public Sector Undertakings, Educational Institutions, Banks & Financial Institutions and various Private Sector Corporations.

He was further appointed as Judge of High Court of Delhi w.e.f. 7th July 1999. Became the Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court w.e.f. 10th October 2011 and was elevated as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court w.e.f. 23rd September 2012. He was elevated as Judge, Supreme Court of India on 12th April 2013. As a Judge, dealt with all kinds of jurisdictions and given many landmark judgments.

Sikri was also a law teacher in Campus Law Centre, Delhi University from 1984-89. Was Vice-President, Delhi High Court Bar Association during 1994-95. He was a member of the governing body of various colleges from time to time. Designated as Senior Advocate by Delhi High Court on 30th September 1997.

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