Justice Mukul Mudgal, former Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court, was appointed Chairperson of Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) in February 2014. He took over from BCCC’s Founding Chair, Justice Ajit Prakash Shah, who was appointed Chairperson of Law Commission of India in November 2013.
Born on January 4, 1949, Justice Mudgal, an alumnus of Modern School, New Delhi, holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from Hindu College, Delhi University and an LLB from Law Faculty, Delhi University. He enrolled as an Advocate in 1973. He was an Advocate on Record in the Supreme Court (1978-98) and Member Secretary/Treasurer of the Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee (1986-95). He conducted cases in Civil Law, Constitutional Law, Labour Law and Public Interest Litigation.
Justice Mudgal was appointed a Judge of Delhi High Court on March 2, 1998 and elevated as Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court on December 5, 2009. He retired on January 4, 2011.
Justice Mudgal authored a book, Law and Sports in India, in December 2010. As a counsel in 1989, he successfully represented eight banned cricketers. He appeared as Amicus Curiae in the Supreme Court, including in cases on prison reforms, environment and gender justice. He was Member, National Legal Services Authority and Member, Governing Council of Indian Law Institute. He served as Honorary Secretary of International Law Association (India Chapter). He is a Member of Court of Arbitration for Sport, Geneva. Justice Mudgal visited South Africa as part of a delegation led by the Chief Justice of India and lectured at South African universities. He represented India in the ILA seminars in Rio de Janeiro and Toronto.
Justice Mudgal chaired the drafting committee for the National Sports Development Bill and the Doping Probe Committee constituted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. He chaired the committee that proposed amendments to the Antiquities and Art Treasures Act, 1972. He was Advisor to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation for the Slum Dwellers Act and the Rickshaw Pullers Act. Justice Mudgal headed the one-man committee appointed by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to probe the Walmart lobbying allegations and chaired the committee of experts to examine issues of certification under Cinematograph Act, 1952. The Supreme Court also appointed him Chairperson of the IPL probe committee.
Justice Mudgal has written widely on legal and sport issues, including separation of powers, Right to Information qua CBI, Powers of Press Council and DRS system in cricket. The International Cricket Council appointed him Independent Advisor to the Lord Woolf Committee. The External Affairs Ministry sent him as Advisor to the Enquiry Committee set up by the Maldivian Government to look into change of regime in the island-nation. Justice Mudgal has delivered about 100 Arbitration judgments as Judge of Delhi and Punjab & Haryana high courts. He has been appointed Arbitrator in more than 50 cases.
Ms. Sharmila Tagore
Ms. Sharmila Tagore, recipient of two National Film Awards and two Filmfare Awards, began her career as an actress in Satyajit Ray’s 1959 Bengali film Apur Sansar. She was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2013. She has had a long stint as Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), making her well versed with regulatory affairs. Ms. Tagore was chosen as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2005. She has also been a Jury Member for International Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. She appeared in Shakti Samanta’s Kashmir Ki Kali in 1964. Some films she has acted in include An Evening in Paris,Aradhana, Amar Prem, Safar, Daag, Maalik, Chhoti Bahu, Avishkaar, Mausam, Mississipi Masala, Devar, Anupama, Mere Hamdam Mere Dost, Satyakam, Yakeen, Chupke Chupke, Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka, Faraar, Besharam and Mangaldeep.
Dr. Ira Bhaskar is Professor of Cinema Studies at the School of Arts & Aesthetics, JNU. She graduated with honours in English Literature from LSR College, Delhi University. After securing her MA and MPhil from Delhi University, she earned her PhD in Cinema Studies from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Some of her other academic accomplishments include: Scholar in Residence, York University (Canada); Visiting Faculty, School of Arts, Columbia University; Visiting Faculty, University of Pavia, Italy; Adjunct Faculty, New York University; Guest Faculty, FTII-Pune; Guest Faculty, Whistling Woods International Film School, Mumbai. Dr. Bhaskar is known for her knowledge of the content domain and the creative field. Till recently, she was a member of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
Ms. Arundhati Nag
Ms. Arundhati Nag is a multilingual theatre and film personality and has appeared in more than thousand performances in Hindi, English, Kannada, Marathi and Gujarati. She is a part of BCCC as Special Invitee. Ms. Nag’s tryst with stage began more than four decades ago with the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA). She is a winner of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Theatre and National Film Award as Best Supporting Actor for her role in the film Paa. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2010. She is the founder, managing trustee and creative director of Sanket Trust, which was established in 1992 and runs the popular Rang Shankara Theatre in Bengaluru. Films she has acted in include Paa, Dil Se, Ek Alag Mausam, Chaurahen (all Hindi), Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, The Man Who Knew Infinity (both English), Nodi Swamy Navirodu Hige, Parameshi Prema Prasanga,Accident, Golibar, Shiva Sainya, Jogi, Andhar Bahar, Airavata (all Kannada), Minsaara Kanavu (Tamil), Da Thadiya (Malayalam) and 22 June 1897 (Marathi).
Mr. Wajahat Habibullah
Mr. Wajahat Habibullah, former Chairperson of National Commission for Minorities (NCM) and first Chief Information Commissioner of India, joined as a Member of BCCC for the second time in January 2015 in the eminent persons’ category. His earlier stint in the Council was in the ex-officio position as Chairperson of NCM. Mr. Habibullah had a distinguished career as an IAS officer, serving in key positions in his cadre and home state of Jammu & Kashmir, with the Union Government as well as on foreign assignments. He was appointed CIC in October 2005 after the enactment of the Right to Information Act. An alumnus of Doon School and St. Stephen’s College, Mr. Habibullah is also a Masters in History from University of Delhi. He was a Member of BCCC since its inception and left the Council in January 2014 to return a year later. He provides valuable insights on all aspects of television programming, particularly minority-related content. Mr. Habibullah has been Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace, Washington DC. Besides being Secretary to the Government of India, he was also the Director of the prestigious Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. Mr. Habibullah served as Minister, Community Affairs, Embassy of India, Washington DC and as Minister, Education at the same Embassy.
Dr. Panna Lal Punia
Dr. P.L. Punia, who represents Barabanki (Uttar Pradesh) in the 15th Lok Sabha, is a Dalit leader and Chairperson of National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC). He has been a Member of BCCCC since its inception. A Masters from Panjab University (Chandigarh), Dr. Punia holds a PhD from Lucknow University. A former Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer, he held key positions as a civil servant from 1971 to 2005. As an MP, Dr. Punia has been a Member of the Committee on Rural Development, Rules Committee, Consultative Committee on Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Committee on Labour. In July 2012, he appeared on popular television show ‘Satyamev Jayate’, where his views on discrimination against Dalits were well received. As NCSC Chairperson, Dr. Punia is committed to ensuring that development schemes for the SC population are implemented and every penny is appropriately spent. He outlines implementation of reservations at all levels as his priority.
Ms.StutiNarainKacker, Chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), joined as a Member ofBCCCin October 2015.
Ms. Kacker, a former Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer, has held key positions in the state and central governments with 36 years of service in public administration, industrial development and social sector. Ms. Kacker holds a Masters degree in Science from University of Allahabad with five gold medals and an M.Phil from Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.
Mr. S.K. Kharventhan
Mr. Kharventhan joined as a Member of National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) on 3 November 2010. He has been a Member of BCCC since its formation. Hailing from a family of agriculturists in Dharapuram (Tamil Nadu), he has twice been elected to the Lok Sabha. A Mathematics graduate from St. Joseph’s College in Trichy, Mr. Kharventhan obtained a law degree from Madras Law College in 1975. He enrolled as an advocate in the Tamil Nadu Bar Council and became Vice Chairman of Bar Council of India in 1998. He attended the 23rd International Young Lawyers Conference held at Lisbon (Portugal), 24th conference at Vancouver (Canada) and 25th conference at Copenhagen (Denmark). Mr. Kharventhan played an active role in the struggles of Tamil Nadu farmers during 1977-84 and also fought court cases on behalf of the peasantry. He was adjudged among “top three performers” (all sessions combined) in the 14th Lok Sabha.
Mr. Mohan, who joined as BCCC’s Broadcast Member in August 2013, is President (Legal & Regulatory), Zee Network, since April 2003. He has wide knowledge of the broadcasting industry and represented IBF as a Member of the Task Force constituted by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to implement digitization. An alumnus of Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, Mr. Mohan, a commerce graduate and FCA, led the dialogue process with the US India Business Council (USIBC) during the Prime Minister’s visit to Washington DC in 2009. He led the Indian contingent on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) dialogue process.
Mr. Amit Grover
Broadcast Member - Discovery
Mr. Amit Grover joined BCCC in November 2014. He is a part of Discovery Network’s Asia – Pacific legal team and has been managing the legal affairs for Discovery Communications India, as an in-house counsel since November 2012. He was earlier associated with the legal team of New Delhi Television Limited for 5 years and has also worked with various law firms. Mr. Grover, a business and commercial lawyer is an alumnus of the Faculty of Law, Delhi University. He is also a qualified Company Secretary and a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.
Ms. Shobhna Bajaj
Broadcast Member - Turner Intl. India
Ms. ShobhnaBajaj joined BCCC in November 2014. She is Executive Director and Senior Counsel at Turner International India Private Limited. Ms. Bajaj has been associated with the media and broadcasting industry for sixteen years. She has been working with Turner since September 2005 except for two and half years, when she worked for an international hospitality company, Marriott International Inc. She started her career as an attorney with Karanjawala and Co. and went on to work as an in-house counsel for Star India Limited. Ms. Bajaj is an alumnus of Warwick Law School, United Kingdom and Campus Law Centre, Delhi. She is also a qualified Company Secretary and a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.
Mr. Sujeet Jain
Broadcast Member - Viacom 18
Mr. Sujeet Jain joined as a Broadcast Member of BCCC for the second time in October 2015. Mr. Jain is Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd, having been with the company since 2008. At Viacom, his role involves management of five critical clusters - Commercial Contracts & Rights Management; IP & Litigation; Government & Regulatory Affairs; Corporate, Compliance & Company Secretarial; and Content Regulation.
Mr. Jain is also a Committee Member of CII National Committee on Media & Entertainment. Prior to Viacom18, he has worked with People’s Group as Vice President (Legal & Corporate Affairs) directly with the CMD.
Mr. Jain is a lawyer, company secretary, cost accountant by qualification, and has an MBA from Warwick Business School, UK.
Ms. Tara Murali
Special Invitee - BCCC
Ms. Tara Murali graduated from Madras University in architecture (B.Arch) and has been a practicing architect for over 40 years.
She is the managing trustee of Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG), a non-profit organization that works on consumer & environmental issues and good governance. She is also an executive committee member of INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) and vice president of The Children’s Club, Chennai.
She has earlier been secretary of Indian Institute of Architects -Tamil Nadu Chapter, vice president of the Palani Hills Conservation Council, director of Chennai Heritage, trustee of Jeevan Blood Bank and Stemcell Research Centre and president of Tamilnadu Table Tennis Association.
She has been involved in critiquing the master plans for Chennai and has also worked with the planning agencies on preparation of regulations for Chennai and the hill stations of Tamilnadu. She was a member of the Monitoring Committee appointed by the Madras High Court for the restoration of the Adyar Creek and Estuary.
She joined BCCC as a Special Invitee in July 2013.