Trinamool Congress leader Mahua Moitra has criticized the Centre’s decision to appoint retired CJI Arun Mishra as the new chairman of the National Human Rights Commission.
Justice Mishra has been selected for the post by a 5-member committee headed by PM Modi. The lone opposition member present in the committee has distanced himself from the selection process. Now there is an outrage against this appointment. There are allegations that Justice Mishra was given this important post because he had praised PM Modi when he was CJI.
TMC MP Mahua Moitra tweeted mocking central government, “Arun Mishra to head NHRC. Won’t be surprised if Ranjan Gogoi to head NCW next.”
Arun Mishra and Ranjan Gogoi have been the most controversial judges. All the verdicts issued by Arun Mishra during the last days of his service were controversial. Ranjan Gogoi, who was accused of sexual harassment, is now a member of the Rajya Sabha.
In another tweet Mahua tweets, “Retired SC Judge Arun Mishra to head National Human Rights Commission. All good things come to those who wait. Especially to those who while in office, described PM Modi as “internationally acclaimed visionary who could think globally & act locally”.
The committee to elect the new president met yesterday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The other members of the committee are the Union Home Minister, the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha and the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha. With the exception of the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge, the recommendation to appoint Justice Arun Mishra as the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission was accepted.
Mallikarjuna Kharge said at the meeting that the highest number of human rights violations were against the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and therefore someone from that community should chair the National Human Rights Commission. Following the rejection of this demand, Kharge officially registered his opposition to the government’s proposal.