Delhi HC suggests more members in NCPCR
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 22:18
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday suggested the Centre increase the number of members in the selection committee for appointment of the Chairperson and members of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).

A Division Bench of Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw suggested the central government include Chairman of UPSC in the selection committee for appointment of the NCPCR members.

Appearing for the Centre, Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium told the Bench that the selection committee comprises Minister for Women and Child Development besides two senior officers for the appointment of the Chairperson.

In the case of appointment of NCPCR members, the Minister, in association with the Chairperson and other officers, select the members, the counsel submitted.

The Bench was hearing a PIL challenging the appointment of two NCPCR members Sandhya Bajaj and Dipa Dixit alleging they do not fulfil the eligibility criteria to become members.

The petitioner's counsel Prashant Bhushan has alleged the two members were appointed in April 2007 'purely' on the basis of their proximity with the ruling party and its leaders.

Seeking a direction for strict compliance of the statue, the counsel said these members fulfill the requirements like they have to be from the field of education or child health or juvenile justice care or from the field of social welfare.


First Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 22:18

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