Ex-CJI Justice Dattu is NHRC chairman

Ex-CJI Justice Dattu  is NHRC chairman

Former Chief Justice of India H L Dattu has been appointed Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

The decision came a little over two months after Dattu’s retirement on December 2 last year and nine months after former NHRC chief Justice K G Balakrishnan retired on May 11, 2015. Justice Cyriac Joseph has been the acting chairperson during the interim period.

The committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared the name of Dattu.
 The meeting was attended by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha P J Kurien.

 Leader of Congress party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge did not attend the meeting.
The panel’s decision will now be sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for his assent. Dattu will have a tenure of five years.

Justice Dattu, who joined the Supreme Court on December, 17, 2008, presided over the bench hearing the 2G case, black money case and Gujarat riot cases among others. Born on December 13, 1950, he started his practice as an advocate at the age of 25 in Bengaluru.
He handled matters relating to civil, criminal, tax and Constitutional issues.

He worked as government pleader for sales tax department from 1983, besides appearing in various capacities before the Karnataka High Court. He acted as senior standing counsel for I-T department between 1993 to 1995.

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