SC directs govt to appoint NHRC director general in a week
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Centre to appoint the director general of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) within a week.
“You will be in trouble if we pass some orders. How long do you want to drag this on?” the court said in an oral observation.
The court also gave the Centre four weeks to appoint members to the commission.
A bench comprising Chief Justice J.S. Khehar, justices N.V. Ramana and D.Y. Chandrachud was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed in 2015 by advocate Radhakanta Tripathy over inordinate delay in filing up vacant posts in the commission.
The petitioner had stated that the commission cannot function without its chairperson, member and director general of investigation. It has become handicapped due to inaction of the government. He also cited increase in pendency of cases due to vacant positions in NHRC.
On 2 December, former chief justice T.S. Thakur had expressed dissatisfaction on the government’s delay in making appointments to NHRC. The court had also asked the government to explain the reasons for delay in making appointments.
As per the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, NHRC consists of a chairperson and eight members and the director general is responsible for carrying out enquiry ordered by the commission.