National Human Rights Commission chairman Justice K G Balakrishnan completed his tenure as the longest serving chief of the rights body yesterday but the government is yet to take a final call on who will succeed him. An official statement said that a NHRC member Justice Cyriac Joseph has been authorised by President Pranab Mukherjee to act as the Chairperson of the Commission with effect from tomorrow until the appointment of a new Chairperson.
Justice Balakrishnan yesterday demitted his office after completing his tenure as the sixth and longest serving Chairperson of the NHRC. He had joined the Commission as its chief on the June 7, 2010 after his retirement as the Chief Justice of India. During his tenure, Justice Balakrishnan was instrumental in charting out several new initiatives towards promotion and protection of human rights in the country. He laid emphasis on increasing the outreach of the Commission to build awareness about human rights. Starting of open hearings of the complaints on the problems of Scheduled Castes and atrocities against them in different states of the country was one of his major initiatives.