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JUSTICE PANT APPOINTED NHRC ACTING CHAIRPERSON

JUSTICE PANT APPOINTED NHRC ACTING CHAIRPERSON

Context

Prafulla Chandra Pant has been appointed as the acting chairperson of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

Details

  • He was a Judge of the Supreme Court from August 13, 2014 to August 29, 2017.
  • He held the position of Chief Justice of the High Court of Meghalaya from September 20, 2013 to August 12, 2014,
  • The President of India appoints the Chairman and members of NHRC

About National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)

  • It is an independent statutory body established as per provisions of Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.
  • It looks after the  human rights in the country, i.e. the rights related to life, liberty, equality and dignity of the individual guaranteed by Indian Constitution.
  • It was established in accordance with the Paris Principles, which was adopted for the promotion and protection of human rights in Paris  in October, 1991.
  • It is a multi-member body consisting of a Chairman and seven other members.
  • National Human Rights CommissionFormed: 12 October 1993.
  • National Human Rights Commission Jurisdiction: Government of India;
  • National Human Rights CommissionHeadquarters: New Delhi.

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