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Retired SC judge Arun Mishra made chief of National Human Rights Commission


Retired Supreme Court judge, Justice Arun Mishra, on Wednesday took charge as the chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). Justice Mishra had retired from the Supreme Court in September last year.

A selection panel comprising of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah, deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, had recommended the name of Justice Mishra for heading the human rights panel.

Notably, the chairman of NHRC has always been a retired Chief Justice of India or a judge of the Supreme Court. The human rights panel comprises of the chairman and five members, excluding the ex-officio members. The last chairman of the panel was Justice HL Dattu who completed his tenure on December 2, 2020, after which Justice Prafulla Chandra Pant was made the acting chairman for the period between May 2 and June 1.

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About Justice Arun Mishra

Justice Arunb Mishra was born on September 3, 1955, to Justice HG Mishra, a judge of the MP High Court. He started practicing law in 1978 in the domains of civil, industrial, service and criminal matters. He went on to be elected as the youngest chairman of the Bar Council of India in 1998-99 and MP state bar council in 1989 and 1995.

He was appointed as a judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court on October 25, 1999. He went on to become the chief justice of Rajasthan High Court on November 26, 2010. Thereafter, he became the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court on December 14, 2012. He has decided over 97,000 cases as a judge in high courts.

He was elevated to the Supreme Court on July 7, 2014, and retired on September 2, 2020.


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