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Justice Dattu bids adieu as NHRC Chairperson; govt yet to nominate successor

 Shemin Joy, 

Previous Chief Justice of India Justice H L Dattu on Tuesday finished his term as the Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday even as the public authority is yet to name a replacement for him. 

Dattu will turn 70 on Wednesday and according to the Protection of Human Rights Act, he should resign as he finishes his residency. According to the law prior to altering it a year ago, a NHRC individual had a five-year term or till the age of seventy years, whichever is prior. 

Equity Prafulla Chandra Pant, Jyotika Kalra and Dnyaneshwar Manohar Mulay are different individuals in the NHRC. 

Other than the Chairman, the NHRC can have five individuals - a sitting or resigned Supreme Court judge, a sitting or resigned High Court Chief Justice and three individuals who know about, or viable involvement with issues identifying with common freedoms. 

With the changes in the Protection of Human Rights Act in 2019, the public authority presently additionally has the freedom to name a resigned judge of the Supreme Court as the NHRC director. The 2019 corrections additionally shortened the residency of NHRC Chairperson and individuals from five years to three years. 

Sources said that the public authority has not given requests with respect to the arrangement of a full-time Chairperson or that of an acting executive. 

Dattu was the seventh Chairperson of the NHRC when he was selected on 29 February 2016. His archetypes were Chief Justices Ranganath Misra, M N Venkatachalliah, J S Verma, A S Anand, S Rajendra Babu and KG Balakrishnan. 

In an articulation, NHRC said the Commission cut down the quantity of cases, which were taking long to discard. During Justice Dattu's residency, 3,91,937 objections of common liberties infringement were enlisted during his residency. An aggregate of 4,20,913 cases, including some old cases, were discarded and Rs 84.31 crore were paid in 268 cases as financial alleviation by the public specialists. 

The NHRC additionally held its 'A' Status of Accreditation with the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions. 

During Covid-19 lockdown, notwithstanding taking suo-motu perception of media investigates the situation of individuals including the transient workers, the NHRC additionally interceded in the suo motu writ of the Supreme Court in the matter of traveler workers. 

"He established a specialist gathering to come out with the NHRC Covid-19 Advisories. He additionally reinforced the system of the Commission to hear the common freedoms infringement of the Human Rights Defenders. During his residency, the Core Group component of the Commission increased further driving force alongside the arrangements of Special Monitors and Special Rapporteurs to go about as the eyes and ears of the Commission," the assertion added.

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