The Opposition in West Bengal has objected to a move to make recently retired Director General of Police Naparajit Mukherjee a member of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC).

The proposal made by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was seconded by Speaker Biman Banerjee here on Monday. He later told reporters that Mr. Mukherjee would serve a five-year term after taking charge. Leader of the Opposition Surya Kanta Mishra said his objection to Mr. Mukherjee’s nomination was due to the fact that there were many complaints against the police force once led by him and these were still under the consideration of the WBHRC.

Under such circumstances, it would be inappropriate if one was appointed to a post where he would be deciding the fate of complaints lodged against him, he added.

There would have been nothing objectionable about Mr. Mukherjee’s appointment if it had been done after clearance from the WBHRC, said Dr. Mishra.

Dr. Mishra claimed that during the Left Front era no retired police officers were appointed in the WBHRC, adding that “I am also aware of a Supreme Court ruling that said the appointment of a retired police officer in the National Human Rights Commission is not against the law.”