Centre to peruse SC order on appointment of NHRC chairperson

Posted in NHRC by NNLRJ INDIA on March 26, 2010
NEW DELHI: The Centre on Friday told the Delhi High Court that it would take a decision on amending the law pertaining to appointment of chairperson of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) after considering the orders passed by the Supreme Court on the issue. According to the existing law, only retired Chief Justices of India can be appointed chairperson of the NHRC. The post of chairperson of the commission is lying vacant after former Chief Justice of India S Rajendra Babu demitted office after reaching superannuation in 2009 which led to the filing of a PIL seeking a direction to the government in this regard. “A similar kind of petition is pending before the Supreme Court. A decision would be taken after perusing the orders passed in that petition,” Additional Solicitor General A S Chandiok told the bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Madan B Lokur.

Prashant Bhushan, appearing for petitioner Centre for Public Interest Litigation, an NGO, said “changing the law to enable others except the retired Chief Justice of India to become the chairperson is not a difficult task”. “The Centre, which had assured the court that it would amend the law, has taken seven adjournments in the case. Moreover, it had so far not filed its reply,” he said. The bench, also comprising Justice Mukta Gupta, has now posted the matter for April 7. Earlier, the Centre had told the court that it is considering amending the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 to allow a retired judge of the Supreme Court and the chief justice of high court to head the panel. The petitioner claimed there are two retired Chief Justices of India eligible for the post but the government is reluctant to appoint them.

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  1. Babubhai Vaghela Ahmedabad said, on March 27, 2010 at 12:43

    What it reflects is lack of fairness as also non-accountability of administration towards citizens and shear dishonesty of UPA Govt.

  2. MADHANAN NATARAJAN said, on March 29, 2010 at 23:47

    It is a well known fact that politicians make amendments to protect themselves and also there are so many instances that people and their concern is ignored. The parliament members do not actually represent for the people so there should be an awareness among the people. Among so may educated people there is only one response from Mr.Vaghela which itself shows the interest about the future of our nation.

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