Former Chief Justice of India, Justice Handyala Lakshminarayanaswamy Dattu has been designated as the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for a period of 5 years. He will succeed K G Balakrishnan.
- Justice Dattu (65) had retired as Chief Justice of India on December 2, 2015.
- His appointment was confirmed by a committee headed by PM Narendra Modi.
As per Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, the chairperson and members of the NHRC have to be appointed by President on the recommendation of the high powered committee headed by the Prime Minister.
About HL Dattu
1950 born, Justice Dattu served as the 42nd Chief Justice of India from September 28, 2014 to December 2, 2015.
- He enrolled as an advocate in 1975 and began practicing in Bangalore and dealt with all types of matters viz. civil, criminal, tax and Constitutional cases.
- In 1995, Justice Dattu was elevated as a judge of the Karnataka High Court.
- In February 2007 he was accredited as the Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court and then Kerala High Court.
About National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
Established in 1993, was given a statutory basis by the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 (TPHRA).
- The NHRC is responsible for the protection and promotion of human rights, defined by the Act as “rights relating to life, liberty, equality and dignity of the individual guaranteed by the Constitution or embodied in the International Covenants”.
- Headquarters – New Delhi