Centre to peruse SC order on appointment of NHRC chairperson
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.