The Karnataka High Court on Monday asked the State government to ensure that all the posts, including that of chairperson of Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC), are filled up at the earliest.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice D.H. Waghela and Justice S.N. Satyanarayana made an observation in this regard while disposing of the petition filed by Human Rights Defenders’ Forum (Karnataka), which had sought a direction to the State to fill up the post of chairperson immediately.

The post has been vacant since July 2012, with the completion of term of the then chairperson S.R. Nayak, a retired chief justice of Chhattisgarh High Court. It has been pointed out in the petition that the KSHRC is unable to hear certain types of cases in the absence of a chairperson. During the hearing, the Bench asked G.R. Mohan, counsel for the petitioner, whether he could suggest the name of a retired Chief Justice of any high court to consider for the appointment. However, the counsel replied that they are not in a position to suggest a name while pointing out that it is the responsibility of the State. The Bench asked the government to consider the representation given by the petitioner for filling up the post.

Notice

The High Court on Monday ordered issue of notice to the State government on a petition seeking direction to the State to grant sanction for prosecuting Vaman Acharya, Chairman of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB). Justice A.S. Bopanna passed the order on a petition filed G. Nanjappa, who owns land at Kalinganahalli village near the Shimsa in Nagamangala taluk of Mandya district. It has been claimed in the petition that Dr. Acharya had granted consent for establishment of a sugar factory without visiting the site. Stating that the Consent for Establishment indicates that the nod was given after a personal visit to the site by the chairman on October 27, 2012, the petitioner claimed the work diary of the chairman shows he did not travel beyond Bangalore on October 27 as he had travelled around 69 km within Bangalore city. The previous chairman had refused CFE for Prem Sugars as the site is located close to the river, national highway and railway lane.


  • The post of chairperson has been vacant since July 2012

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