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Former Chief Justice of India to be appointed as NHRC chairperson

On Tuesday 23 Feb 2016, Former Chief Justice of India Justice, Handyala Dattu, was appointed as the next Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

Justice Handyala Dattu
Justice Handyala Dattu

As per reports, a committee headed by PM Narendra Modi, cleared the name of HL Dattu, who was retired as CJI on 2nd December, last year. The post of NHRC chairman, had been lying vacant since May 2015 after Justice K G Balakrishnan, completed his nearly five year long term, reportedly. 

Besides PM Modi, the meeting was also attended by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha PJ Kurien.

As per rules for the appointment of the NHRC chairperson (Section 3 and 4, TPHRA), the President of the country, appoints the chairperson and members of the NHRC on the recommendation of the committee headed by the Prime Minister and other high-ranking officials. Incidentally, Dattu’s name will be forwarded to the President, Pranab Mukherjee for his approval.

Handyala Dattu with President Pranab Mukherjee
Handyala Dattu with President Pranab Mukherjee

About Justice Handyala ‘Lakshminarayanswamy’ Dattu:

CGI HL Dattu
CGI HL Dattu
  • He served as the Chief Justice of India from 28 September, 2014 to 2nd December, 2015
  • Justice HL Dattu enrolled as an advocate in 1975 and began practicing in Bangalore and dealt with all kinds of matters, such as, Civil,Tax, Criminal and Constitutional cases.
  • From 1983 onwards, HL Dattu took charge of various positions in different areas before the Karnataka High Court including, serving as the government pleader for sales tax department, standing counsel for Income Tax department and later as government advocate.
  • Soon after being designated as a senior standing counsel for I-T department in the year 1995, he was elevated as a judge of the Karnataka High Court.
  • Moreover, Justice Dattu was elevated as the Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court in the year 2007 and was afterwards shifted in the same area to the Kerala High Court.

Source : Indian Express