Ex-CJI Justice Dattu will be next Chairperson of NHRC

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Former Chief Justice of India Justice Handyala Lakshminarayanaswamy Dattu was today selected as the next Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission.

A committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared the name of Dattu for the post which was lying vacant for the last eight months after the retirement of K G Balakrishnan.

Besides the Prime Minister, 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.

65-year-old Justice Dattu had retired as Chief Justice of India on December 2 last year and after taking over as NHRC Chairperson he will have a tenure of five years.

The name will be sent to the President Pranab Mukherjee for his nod. (AGENCIES)

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