HL Dattu Current Affairs
Union Government has selected former Chief Justice of India (CJI) H L Dattu as new Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
He will succeed Mr. K.G. Balakrishnan who had demitted office after his five-year term ended in May 2015. Since then Justice C Joseph is functioning as the acting Chairman.
- Selection Committee: He was selected by the high-powered committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The committee also included Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha P J Kurien and leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. His name will be sent to the President Pranab Mukherjee for his approval.
- Statutory provisions: As per the provisions of Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, President appoints the Chairman and members of the NHRC on the recommendation of the high-powered committee headed by the Prime Minister.
About H L Dattu
- Born on 3 December 1950 in Chikmagalur in then Mysore State.
- He had started his legal career in 1975 after enrolling as an advocate in Bangalore and dealt with all types of matters like criminal, civil, tax and Constitutional cases.
- 1983 onwards he had appeared in various capacities before the Karnataka High Court including as government pleader for sales tax department etc.
- He was designated as a senior standing counsel for I-T department. Later in 1995, he was elevated as a judge of the Karnataka High Court.
- In 2007, he was elevated as the Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court and later was shifted in the same capacity to the Kerala High Court.
- He was 42nd Chief Justice of India from September 28, 2014 to December 2, 2015.
NHRC: It is apex statutory watchdog of human rights in the country, i.e. the rights related to life, liberty, equality and dignity of the individual guaranteed by the Constitution or embodied in the international convents.
Justice HL Dattu who joined the highest court in 2008, is all set to take over the topmost post. Justice Dattu who joined as an advocate in 1975, has a long experience in all kinds of cases backing him like it civil, criminal, tax or even Constitutional cases. From 1983 onwards he appeared in before the Karnataka High Court pleader for sales tax department, standing counsel for Income Tax department and later as government advocate. After being designated as a senior standing counsel for I-T department in 1995, Justice Dattu was elevated as a judge of the Karnataka High Court.
He also served as Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh high court for a few months in 2007 and then at Kerala HC. Justice Dattu will have a relatively extended tenure than his predecessors. While Justice Sathasivam – now tipped to be appointed as a Governor – retired in April this year, CJI Lodha will be the second top judge hanging his boots.
The judicial appointments have been an issue recently over the newly passed Judicial Appointments Commission Bill which will overtake the existing collegium system. Known for his statements, former SC judge, Justice Katju now the Chairman of Press Council of India had expressed his disappointment over the appointment process for CJI which is so far purely on the basis of seniority. Mr. Katju was voting in favor for the consideration of merit in the appointment of such a crucial and important post.