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Updated: June 3, 2010 18:27 IST

Justice Balakrishnan is new NHRC Chairman

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Former Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan
The Hindu Former Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan

Justice K.G. Balakrishnan was on Tuesday appointed Chairman of NHRC, three weeks after retiring as Chief Justice of India.

65-year-old Mr. Balakrishnan will take charge as the sixth Chairperson of the Commission on Monday next. He will have a tenure of five years.

President Pratibha Patil gave her approval to Justice Balakrishnan’s appointment after recommendation by a Parlimentary committee, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, sources said on Thursday.

The post had been lying vacant since May 2009 after the retirement of Justice Rajendra Babu. Justice G.P. Mathur, member of the Commission, had been functioning as its acting Chairperson since then.

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