Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Handyala Lakshminarayanaswamy Dattu was selected as the next Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on 23 February 2016. 65-year-old Justice Dattu will have tenure of five years.
His name was cleared for the post by a committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Other members of the committee were Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha P J Kurien.
The post was lying vacant since 11 May 2015, when KG Balakrishnan demitted office after five-year term. Justice Cyriac Joseph had been functioning as the acting chairperson since then.
Now Dattu’s name will be sent to the President Pranab Mukherjee for his nod. In accordance to Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, President appoints the chairperson and members of the NHRC. The chairperson is appointed on the recommendation of the high-powered committee headed by the Prime Minister.
Justice HL Dattu retired from the post of Chief Justice of Supreme Court on 2 December 2016. He was Chief Justice of India from 28 September 2014.
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When: 23 February 2016
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