1. Under the Narendra Modi government, NHRC set to appoint a politician as a member, for the first time

Under the Narendra Modi government, NHRC set to appoint a politician as a member, for the first time

The Narendra Modi-led central government is all set to appoint an active politician for a post in the National Human Right Commission (NHRC), which remained vacant for over two years now.

By: | New Delhi | Published: November 6, 2016 10:51 AM
According to sources, the central government is in the final stage of appointing Avinash Rai Khanna, the BJP vice-president in charge of Jammu & Kashmir. (PTI) According to sources, the central government is in the final stage of appointing Avinash Rai Khanna, the BJP vice-president in charge of Jammu & Kashmir. (PTI)

With possible lead towards another political controversy, the Narendra Modi-led central government is all set to appoint an active politician for a post in the National Human Right Commission (NHRC), which remained vacant for over two years now.

According to sources, the central government is in the final stage of appointing Avinash Rai Khanna, the BJP vice-president in charge of Jammu & Kashmir, as a member of NHRC. Khanna had been a member of the Rajya Sabha till April this year.

NHRC comprises of four full-time members, who are appointed under Section 3 of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, which deals with the issue of “Constitution of a National Human Rights Commission”. According to the act, among the members, one should be a former judge of the Supreme Court, one chief justice of the High Court, and other two with knowledge or practical experience in the field.

The committee is selected by a higher level committee headed by the Prime Minister, with Lok Sabha Speaker, Union Home Minister, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

While in opposition in 2013, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley had opposed the appointment of former Supreme Court judge Cyriac Joseph as the member of the NHRC, citing connections of the judge with political and religious organizations. Though there is no restriction in the appointment of a politician as a member of NHRC, it certainly do seed another political storm.

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    Against Sick
    Nov 7, 2016 at 5:22 am
    What is wrong with his appointment. Surely being ociated with RSS/BJP is no disqualification for common Indians (except for Jihads and Naxalite Leftists) else they wouldnt have voted Narendra Modi with such a huge majority. Secondly, NHRC has become a political adda for leftists and if they are being flushed out of it, its a welcome step
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      Praveen Sakhuja
      Nov 7, 2016 at 8:40 am
      When power full government has already decided to appoint NHRC head, then come what may, he or she possesses any status, the person is to be appointed by hook or crook. Jaitley may have opposed past appointment, now it is mater of present govetnong government, so no fun raising any issues or criticising the process.
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        rohan
        Nov 6, 2016 at 2:56 pm
        He is good for nothing else !
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        1. Satish Marathe
          Nov 7, 2016 at 2:46 am
          Except that he is an ex RS MP, is there anything against him ? Appointments so far made by the Modi Govt, have been of decent people.
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