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Appoint NHRC DG within a week: SC to Centre

The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Centre to appoint Director General in the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) within a week.

A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar also asked the central government to appoint the members of the human rights body within four weeks.

"You (Centre) will be in trouble if we start hearing this matter and pass some order. We are granting you four weeks to appoint the members. We hope and expect that the process of appointment of members can be concluded in four weeks," the bench said.

At the outset of the hearing, the bench said, "Why don't you (Centre) appoint somebody? You have to do it. We are not going to grant you so much time." "We will give you three weeks for appointing the members and you appoint the DG in a week," the bench, also comprising Justices N V Ramana and D Y Chandrachud said.

Later, the apex court granted four weeks time for appointing the members of the human rights body after the Centre requested for some more time.

The apex court had on December 2 last year expressed displeasure over inordinate delay in filling up vacant positions in the NHRC including that of the Director General of investigation and a member while directing the Centre to enumerate reasons for the delay.

It had asked the Centre to make these appointments as soon as possible, saying, "How long do you want to drag on? Right from March 2014, there has been vacancy in the commission."
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