Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala on tuesday met with proposed chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Bishwa Nath Upadhyaya at the latter’s residence at Gyaneshwor and asked Upadhyaya to accept the NHRC post.
Koirala tried to convince Upadhyaya to lead the commission by promising that there would be no political interference in the appointment of members of the commission.
Former Chief Justice Upadhyaya, who was the coordinator of the constitution drafting committee for the 1990 constitution, was named chairman of NHRC by the constitutional Council headed by the Prime Minister yesterday. His nomination was approved by the special meeting of the cabinet the same day.
Koirala had went to Gyaneshwor to convince the former CJ to head the NHRC after Upadhyaya expressed dissent that the PM did not consult with him regarding the appointment of members of the commission.
Upadhyaya also said the nominations in NHRC should not be political and he will have to think twice before accepting the position.
In today’s meeting with the former CJ, Koirala tried to convince Upadhyaya to lead the commission by promising that there would be no political interference in the appointment of members.The government had also appointed Gauri Pradhan and Lila Pathak as the members of the commission.
After today’s meeting with the PM, Upadhyaya said he would decide on whether to accept the position or not only after he is formally notified about the appointment. Saying that the country’s human rights record must be improved and the task was very challenging, Upadhyaya said he would accept the post only if all things went right.