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Govt to finalise chief of proposed human rights commission on Friday

The names of three human rights activists — Raj Mangal Prasad, S C Agarwal and Indu Prakash— have also been proposed for the commission.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi |
December 17, 2015 4:52:07 am

The Delhi government will select the chairperson of the capital’s proposed State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) in a meeting Friday, said sources.

Some of the candidates shortlisted by the government are Justice Uma Nath Singh, chief justice of Meghalaya, Justice Bhagwati Prasad, chief justice of Jharkhand and Justice B A Khan, former chief justice of Jammu and Kashmir.

The names of three human rights activists — Raj Mangal Prasad, S C Agarwal and Indu Prakash— have also been proposed for the commission.

The state human rights commission will comprise a chairperson who has to be the former chief justice of a high court, a member who is either a current or former high court justice or district judge in National Capital Territory (NCT) Delhi with minimum seven years of experience and another member who has knowledge or practical experience in the field of human rights.

In September, the AAP government had announced that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will head a four-member search committee to finalise the names of the SHRC chairperson and members.

The panel will also comprise Delhi Home Minister Satyandar Jain, Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta and Speaker Ram Niwas Goel.

In July, the Supreme Court had observed that successive governments in Delhi had not bothered to set up the SHRC, 22 years after Parliament enacted the Protection of Human Rights Act, and asked the Delhi government to set up the SHRC in six months.

Kejriwal had said that as Delhi witnessed a large number of cases of human rights violations, it was imperative for the government to work towards setting up a SHRC.

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