HC directives to appoint MHRC chairman within four weeks

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IMPHAL, October 19:  The Gauhati High Court, Imphal Bench has directed the state government to appoint a chairperson and members for the Manipur Human Rights Commission within four months time.

The directive was given by a division bench sitting led by Justice TNK Singh and PK Saikia today.

The writ petition (PIL number 15 of 2011) filed by one Chaoba Takhelchangbam mentions that the MHRC was constituted on June 27,1988 under sub section 1 of section 21 under the protection of Human Rights Act, 1993. Later, the chairperson and members for the commission were deputed and dealt with cases of human rights violation and negligence in prevention of rights violation by public servants.

The last member of the commission retired on May 9, 2010 and since then the MHRC has remained non- functional. The cases of human rights violation complaints still come but the issues have not being redressed.

Hence, the court today disposed the case with the directive to the government to appoint the chairperson and members as expeditiously as possible within four months’ time from today.The order has been made available to the private secretary to the Chief Minister, private secretary to the speaker and tothe leader of the opposition party.Advocate K Rabei appeared on behalf of the petitioner and Th Ibohal Singh for the state.

In another separate directive by the same court, following a PIL alleging the BRTF/BRO of misappropriating funds meant for development works along the NH 53. The court issued a directive to the Chief Vigilance Officer (Ministry of Road Transport and National Highways, GOI) to investigate the charges.

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