HC dismisses plea against SHRC chief

HYDERABAD: A division bench of the AP High Court has dismissed a writ petition filed by a city advocate challenging the appointment of former chief justice of the AP High Court justice Nisar A

Published: 01st April 2012 04:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 07:15 PM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: A division bench of the AP High Court has dismissed a writ petition filed by a city advocate challenging the appointment of former chief justice of the AP High Court justice Nisar Ahmed Kakru as chairperson of the AP State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) in last November.

The bench comprising justice Ghulam Mohammed and justice Nooty Ramamohana Rao, in its order, said that it did not find any infirmity or illegality in the selection and appointment of justice Kakru as the SHRC chairperson.

While dismissing the writ petition, the bench preferred not to impose costs.

“The selection committee comprised leaders of the opposition in both the houses of the legislature.

The very presence of such men in the committee brings not only transparency to the entire exercise, but it effectively neutralizes the prospects of the government in power pushing through any hidden agenda.

Therefore, we cannot concur with the views canvassed by the petitioner (S Satyam Reddy),” the bench said.

The bench further said that the sub-section 2 of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 dealt with the composition of the State Commission.

Of the five members, the chairperson should be one who has functioned as a chief justice of a High Court, one other member ought to have functioned as a judge of the High Court.

The state government prepared a list of 50 names of former chief justices of High Courts as well as judges of the Supreme Court who were proposed to be considered for the post.

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