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Government firm on Dinakar as rights panel chief

C. Gouridasan Nair

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Government has returned the file relating to nomination of the former Jharkhand High Court Chief Justice N. Dinakar as Chairperson of the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) to Governor R. L. Bhatia, requesting him to reconsider his objection to the nomination.

In a communication accompanying the relevant documents, Law Minister M. Vijayakumar urged the Governor to reconsider his earlier decision to return the file to the Government as the nomination was based on the verdict of the Kerala High Court in a related case. The court, he said, had held the former chairperson V. P. Mohan Kumar ineligible to hold the office, as he had not served as Chief Justice of any High Court as required under the law.

The Minister also informed the Governor that there was no bar on Mr. Mohan Kumar, former Acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, continuing as a member of the commission, along with another former High Court judge, Lakshmikutty Amma. Although the law stipulated that there must be a person in the rank of District Judge among the three judicial members, there was nothing wrong in the Government's perception in a person who had held a higher rank in the judiciary being made a member of the commission.

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