Appoint National Human Rights Commission DG within a week: Supreme Court to Centre


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

A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar also asked the central government to appoint the members of the human rights body within four weeks.

“You (Centre) will be in trouble if we start hearing this matter and pass some order. We are granting you four weeks to appoint the members. We hope and expect that the process of appointment of members can be concluded in four weeks,” the bench said.

At the outset of the hearing, the bench said, “Why don’t you (Centre) appoint somebody? You have to do it. We are not going to grant you so much time.”

“We will give you three weeks for appointing the members and you appoint the DG in a week,” the bench, also comprising Justices N V Ramana and D Y Chandrachud said.

Later, the apex court granted four weeks time for appointing the members of the human rights body after the Centre requested for some more time.


  1. Directive of SC shows the laxity of the centre in appointing a DG and other member of NHRC to looking into human rights issues and violations of civil liberties. The order must be implemdnted at the earliest as the SC may have to look into pending cases which are already swelling in numbers without trials for years.


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