Justice Arun Mishra's appointment as NHRC chief sparks row

   By Prashant Bhardwaj ,  02-Jun-2021
Justice Arun Mishra's appointment as NHRC chief sparks row

Justice Mishra is learnt to have been appointed on the recommendation of a high-powered committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Harivansh, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge

Former Supreme Court judge Justice Arun Mishra took office as Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday. He had retired from the apex court on September 3 last year.

Along with Mishra, two others who took the charge as NHRC members are Rajiv Jain, former Director of Intelligence Bureau and Justice MM Kumar, former Chief Justice of J&K High Court.

Appointed as a Supreme Court judge in 2014, Justice Mishra had been the Chief Justice of Rajasthan and Calcutta High Courts. As chairperson of NHRC, his tenure will be for five years or till he attains the age of 70, whichever is earlier.

Justice Mishra is learnt to have been appointed on the recommendation of a high-powered committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Harivansh, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge.

Kharge has, however, put on record his disagreement with the committee’s recommendation as he had requested appointing a person belonging to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe as NHRC Chairperson or even as a member of NHRC in the light of increasing atrocities against the community.

"Since the Committee did not accept any of my proposals, I express my disagreement with the recommendations made by the Committee in regard to appointments to the posts of Chairperson and Members of NHRC," Kharge said in the letter.

Mishra's remarks as a sitting Supreme Court judge lavishly praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2020 had raised many eyebrows.

TMC MP Mahua Moitra tweeted "Retired SC Judge Arun Mishra to head National Human Rights Commission. All good things come to those who wait.

Especially to those who while in office, described PM Modi as “internationally acclaimed visionary who could think globally & act locally”.

Retired SC Judge Arun Mishra to head National Human Rights Commission.

All good things come to those who wait.

Especially to those who while in office, described PM Modi as “internationally acclaimed visionary who could think globally & act locally”.

— Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) June 1, 2021





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