Justice Kakru to be appointed APHRC chairman
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 22:09
Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday cleared the name of retired Chief Justice of state High Court Nisar Ahmad Kakru for the post of chairman of AP Human Rights Commission.

Kakru's name was unanimously approved by the high-level selection committee comprising Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu, among others.

A formal notification appointing Kakru as the HRC chairman will be issued subsequently, official sources said.

He will hold the post for five years. Kakru, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir, retired last month as the Chief Justice of AP High Court.

Legislative Council chairman A Chakrapani, a member of the selection committee, proposed Kakru's name and it was unanimously accepted.

Though the state government also considered the name of retired Supreme Court judge B Sudarshan Reddy for the post, he reportedly declined to take up the job citing ill health.

The name of another retired judge Bilal Nazki was also in contention but Kakru emerged as a surprise choice, official sources said.

Emerging out of the meeting, Chandrababu said that they approved Kakru's name as he belonged to the minority community.

"We did not suggest any name for the post," he added. The post of APHRC chairman had been lying vacant for more than one-and-a-half years after the retirement of B Subhashan Reddy.

Kakumanu Peda Peri Reddy, a non-judicial member, has been holding charge as the HRC chief since then.


First Published: Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 22:09

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