Govt picks NIA chief for NHRC,BJP protests

The government is reportedly rethinking its decision to name former Supreme Court judge Cyriac Joseph to the National Human Rights Commission.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 31, 2013 12:50 am

The government is reportedly rethinking its decision to name former Supreme Court judge Cyriac Joseph to the National Human Rights Commission. However,Director General of NIA S C Sinha’s name has been cleared despite opposition by the BJP.

Joseph’s name was earlier proposed for Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal. But after an adverse intelligence report,the Centre withdrew his nomination and informed Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir.

BJP leader Arun Jaitley in his dissent note is learnt to have said that he could not agree to Sinha’s candidature,as temptation for post-retirement jobs among senior officers of probe agencies has an adverse impact on the independence of these organisations. The elevation of Sinha as member,NHRC,will also mean that the government will have to soon look for a new NIA DG. Sources said a major reason for BJP opposing Sinha’s appointment was the NIA’s role in naming terror accused persons associated with the RSS.

At the selection committee meeting Friday,Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj asked the government why one post of member in the rights body had been kept for a former IPS officer. She took exception to the government’s failure to appoint a woman or someone from the Northeast to the NHRC.

Former Bihar minister’s son held for car theft

The son of a former minister was arrested for stealing vehicles in Samastipur on Friday night. Samastipur SP Varun Kumar Sinha said Mukesh Sahni,son of Samastipur RJD district chief,was arrested with his associate Ganga Prasad from Belari village in Ujiyarpur. Two vehicles were also seized.

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