Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of the Opposition, Rajya Sabha :
In my letter to PM Narendra Modi, I raised concerns regarding the manner in which the NHRC appointments were made. The BJP Govt refused to consider any SCs, STs, OBCs or minorities. Further, the appointments smack of partisanship & quid pro quo. I strongly condemn this.
Letter to Prime Minister :
Pursuant to the meeting of the Committee for appointment to the post of Chairperson and Members of National Hurnan Rights Cornmission (NHRC) held at 6 00 pm on 31″ May. 2021 at the 7. Lok Kalyan Marg. New Delhi. I would like to hereby place on record my views on the committee’s decision to recommend a panel of names for selection to the post of Chairperson and Members of NHRC.
In continuation of my letter addressed to the horible Prime Minister earlier today. I had reiterated in todays’ meeting. my concern over the nse in the cases of atrocities on Scheduled Castes. Scheduled Tribes and minorities and proposed that at least one person belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and minorities be recommended for appointment either to the post of Chairperson under Section 3(2)(a) dr a member under Sec..’ 3(2)(0 or a member under Section 3(2)(d) to the National Human Rights Commission from amongst the existing list of candidates.
I also pointed out that appointment of the Chairperson or a member to the NHRC cannot simply be ignored on the pretext that there is no specific provision to this effect in the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 and amendments made thereto. Obviously there cannot be any bar to appoint either Chairperson or member to the NHRC on this ground.
Alternatively. I proposed that if it is not feasible today. the meeting may be postponed for a week and reconvened bringing before the Selection Committee the names of some candidates from Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and minorities so that one of these could be recommended for appointment either for the post of Chairperson or member of the NHRC. Since tho Committee did not accept any of my proposals.
I express my disagreement with the recommendations mado by the Committee in regard to appointments to the posts of Chairperson and Members of NHRC.