Former Supreme Court judge Justice Arun Mishra, famously called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a visionary leader, is likely to be appointed as the next head of the National Human Rights Commission, reported The Hindu.
“Former Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Mahesh Mittal Kumar, and former Director of Intelligence Bureau, Rajiv Jain, had also been recommended by the high-powered panel as members of the NHRC,” the report added.
The selection panel to appoint the new head of the National Human Rights Commission comprised of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Harivansh, and the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge.
Kharge reportedly expressed his dissent as the panel did not accept his suggestion to appoint someone from the Dalit, tribal or minority communities.
Justice Mishra had famously praised PM Modi even when he was a sitting judge of the Supreme Court by calling him a versatile genius.
Speaking at the International Judicial Conference 2020 – ‘Judiciary and the Changing World’ at the Supreme Court, Justice Mishra had said, “Dignified human existence is our prime concern. We thank the versatile genius, who thinks globally and acts locally, Shri Narendra Modi, for his inspiring speech which would act as a catalyst in initiating the deliberations and setting the agenda for the conference.”
Mishra had also praised Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for doing away with 1,500 ‘obsolete laws.’ According to news agency PTI, Justice Mishra had said that India was a responsible and most friendly member of the international community under the ‘stewardship’ of Modi.
Mishra retired as a Supreme Court judge in September last year.
Earlier, former Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, was rewarded with a Rajya Sabha seat by the Narendra Modi government immediately after his retirement. He had presided over several landmark judgments favouring the Modi government. The Ayodhya verdict and the Rafale Scam were to name a few.
Source: Janta Ka Reporter