Appoint NHRC DG within a week, SC tells Centre

The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Centre to appoint Director General in the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) within a week.


National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was established by law in the year 1993.

Like the Indian judiciary, the NHRC is independent of the government. Its members are appointed by the President of India and the personnel includes retired judges, officers and eminent members of the civil society.

NHRC is responsible for conducting independent and credible inquiry into cases of violation of human rights, which include the rights guaranteed under the Constitution of India and the rights mentioned in the UN sponsored international treaties signed by the Indian government.

NHRC does not have the mandate to punish the guilty but it does inquire into cases of abetment or negligence of government officials in the matter of human rights violations.


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