Headless SHRC: 200 complaints pending before commission

Around 200 complaints of human rights violation cases are pending with Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission due to non-availability of chairperson/members, an annual report of the commission reveals.
Headless SHRC: 200 complaints pending before commission
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Around 200 complaints of human rights violation cases are pending with Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission due to non-availability of chairperson/members, an annual report of the commission reveals.

The JKSHRC Annual report which was tabled in Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council today by Minister for Social Welfare, Sajjad Lone observes that non-availability of chairperson/members has resulted in piling up of complaints.

" The Commission has received 138 complaints at its headquarter (Srinagar) and 69 complaints (cases) at its sub-office (Jammu) which are pending for want of cognizance/action due to non-availability of chairperson/members," the report reads.

To mention, last week in a major embarrassment, the J&K Government had to withdrew the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti-led selection panel's recommendation for appointing former High Court Judge, Justice (retd) Imtiyaz Hussain as head of the State Human Rights Commission from Raj Bhavan after finding that government had grossly erred in making the recommendation.

The recommendation "was in contravention of the law that makes the chairperson and members of State Accountability Commission, on ceasing the office, ineligible for any assignment or appointment to be made by the Governor."

The Commission comprising a chairperson and four members is completely defunct since June 28, 2014. It has been headless since Justice (Retd) Bashir-ud-Din completed his tenure as its chairperson in October 2011.

While Abdur Rashid Khan, former Inspector General of Police, completed his term as SHRC member in November 2011, another member Javaid Ahmad Kawoos attained superannuation on October 24, 2013. The other two members Amlok Singh and Rafiq Fida attained superannuation in June 2014, leaving the commission defunct.

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