Justice Cyriac Joseph appointed as acting Chairman of NHRC
President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Justice Cyriac Joseph as acting Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
His appointment comes after then Chairman of NHRC Justice K.G. Balakrishnan completed his tenure. He will remain in office till new Chairman is appointed.
Presently, Justice Cyriac Joseph is member of NHRC. He hails from Kaiphuza village of Kottayam district in Kerala and was a Judge of the Supreme Court from 2008 to 2012.
Justice K.G. Balakrishnan has completed his tenure as the sixth and the longest serving Chairman NHRC on 11 May 2015. He was appointed as Chairman of Commission in June 2010 after his retirement as the Chief Justice of India (CJI).
During his tenure, he was instrumental in charting out several new initiatives towards promotion and protection of human rights in the country.
He has served as CJI from 2007 to 2010 and was the first person of Dalit origin to ascend to post of the CJI in the Supreme Court of India.