NHRC vacancies: SC asks Centre to fill post of DG within a week

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to fill up the vacancy of the Director General (DG) of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) within a week and other pending vacancies in one week as well.

Justice J S Khehar
Justice J S Khehar passed the order while hearing a Public Interest Litigation.

The apex court bench headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) J.S. Khehar passed the order while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by civil rights lawyer and social activist Radhakanta Tripathy.

“What is your difficulty in appointing the member and the Director General (investigation)? The post of member has been lying vacant since March 2014 and the Director General since November 2014. This cannot be allowed,” asked the Chief Justice from the Additional Solicitor General, Pinky Anand.

Revering on the same, Anand said that the person whose name was finalised for the post declined to accept it, due to which the post was lying vacant and assured that the government is taking serious steps to fill the vacancies.

“If this is the case for member, what is the reason for non-appointment of Director General (Investigation)? Whether there is no suitable IPS Officer?”questioned the petitioner of the case.

“It requires certain process. The process will be started afresh” Anand stated.