Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Hearings on proposed NHRC office bearers underway
A discussion on the complaints filed against the names of the people recommended to the posts of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) office bearers is underway at the Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee on Wednesday.
The hearing started at 9 this morning.
The hearing on the proposed NHRC Commissioner Kedar Nath Upadhaya and members Ram Nagina Singh and Dr KB Roykaya is continuing, said the Special Committee.
The meeting of Sunday’s Parliamentary Hearing Committee had formed two separate panels to launch investigation into the complaints against the people recommended for the posts of NHRC office bearers and the envoys.
There are no complaints filed against other recommended names of persons for the NHRC except members Rokaya and Singh.
Likewise, the Parliamentary Hearing Committee has also summoned persons proposed for ambassadors for hearing today afternoon.
Earlier, panels formed for hearing the complaints filed against the names of persons proposed for the posts of NHRC office bearers and the envoys had submitted their reports to the commitee on Tuesday.
On August 30, the Constitutional Council (CC) had recommended Upadhaya as the NHRC chairman, former apex court justice Singh and rights activists Gauri Pradahan, Lila Pathak and Dr Rokaya to the post of the members.
The government had also forwarded the names of 22 persons for the diplomatic appointment to the parliamentary special hearing committee for its approval.
Over one hundred complaints have been lodged against Shailaja Acharya, a Nepali Congress leader, proposed for the post of Nepali ambassador to India among those recommended for the envoys.

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