New Chairperson of NHRC – National Human Rights Commission – HL Dattu

New Chairperson of NHRC – National Human Rights Commission – HL Dattu

  • National Human Rights Commission of India on Monday got a new chairperson in former Chief Justice of India H L Dattu.
  • He is the seventh Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission.
New Chairperson of NHRC - National Human Rights Commission - HL Dattu

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About HL Dattu

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  • The 1950 born resident of Karnataka, Justice Dattu, had moved to Bengaluru to pursue his higher studies.
  • He completed his LL.B. from Bengaluru and enrolled at the Karnataka Bar Council in October, 1975 as an advocate and pleaded in civil, criminal, constitutional and taxation matters,.
  • He appeared as a Government Counsel in the Karnataka High Court for the Sales Tax Department from 1983 to 1990, Government Advocate from 1990 to 1993, Standing Counsel for the Income Tax Department from 1992 to 1993 and a Senior Standing Counsel for the Income Tax Department from 1993 to 1995.
  • He was appointed as a Judge of the Karnataka High Court in December, 1995 and elevated as the Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court in February, 2007.
  • In May, 2007, he went to the Kerala High Court before being elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court in December, 2008.
  • He was appointed as the Chief Justice of India on September 28, 2014 and retired on December 2, 2015.
  • Justice Dattu has been associated with several significant judgments. He was on the bench that expanded the Indian jurisprudence on death sentence cases by commuting the death penalty of terror convict Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar to life term over mental illness and an inordinate delay in deciding his mercy plea by the government.