Justice Kakru to head AP Human Rights Commission

By Mohd Ismail Khan, Twocircles.net,

Hyderabad: The former Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh [AP] High Court Nisar Ahmed Kakru, will be appointed as the next chairman of Andhra Pradesh State Human Rights Commission [SHRC]. He hails from Jammu and Kashmir and has served the judiciary at varied levels. He was in-charge Chief Justice to his home state High Court and recently retired as Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh high court.

Justice Nisar Ahmed Kakru

The SHRC is presently headed by an in-charge chairman Kakumanu Pedaperi Reddy, who took over the position a year ago. Justice Kakru was unanimously selected in a meeting held at the secretariat called up by the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy. The meeting was attended by chairman of the legislative council A Chakrapani, the leader of the opposition in the assembly N Chandra Babu Naidu, the leader of the opposition in the upper house D Veerbhadra Rao, speaker of the assembly N Manohar and the Home Minister P Sabitha Indra Reddy.

Justice Kakru’s name was proposed by chairman of the legislative council A Chakrapani and the close contender was Justice B. Sudershan Reddy from Andhra Pradesh, former Chief Justice of the Guwahati High Court. Mr. N Chandra Babu supported Justice Kakru saying that he belongs to the minority community. The formal order is expected to be issued soon by the governor E S L Narshiman and he is expected to serve the position for next five years.

It will be a tough task ahead for Mr. Kakru as the chairman as many human rights organizations in the state had accused SHRC to be worthless in the light that it hardly acted against the culprits especially when the accused was part of the state machinery. The SHRC has been notorious in the state for its lousy trails and large number of pending cases. So, his toughest job will be to reform the commission, so that it can stand upright in the days ahead and demand human rights for the victims of the state.