Govt names Justice Murugesan for SHRC

Govt names Justice Murugesan for SHRC

The State government has made a recommendation to the Governor to appoint Justice D Murugesan, former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, as the next chairperson of the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC).

The committee to select the SHRC chairperson met on Wednesday under the aegis of Chief Minister Siddarmaiah to discuss the appointment to the post, which has been left vacant for over a year-and-a-half, following the retirement of Justice S R Nayak. Two names, Justice D Murugesan and Justice R V Raveendran, were proposed. However, sources said that Justice Raveendran was not keen on the post owing to personal reasons, thus, leaving Justice Murugesan as the only choice. The name has now been dispatched to Governor H R Bhardwaj for his assent. 


Justice Murugesan has delivered several important judgements during his tenure, including that of the Right to Education and on the December 17, 2012, Delhi gangrape case. 

He was a gold medalist with first rank in Bachelor of Law from Madaras University in 1975. 

He was appointed as a judge at the Madaras High Court on March 2, 2000, where he served for more than 12 years and disposed of 1.3 lash cases. 

He took charge as the Chief justice of Delhi HC on September 26, 2012 and retired from the post on June 9, 2013. He later became a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHS) in September this year.

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