A division bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kumar and Justice A Bimol of the Manipur High Court on Monday gave one last opportunity to the state to ensure an advertisement be issued for filling up the post of chairperson in the Manipur Human Rights Commission, in terms of the statutory requirements, within a week.
On August 31, the advocate general informed the HC for advertisement for filling up essential posts in the commission.
Advocate General of the Manipur High Court had informed that an advertisement will be issued within 10 days for filling up essential posts in the Manipur Human Rights Commission, as the sole member appointed earlier is demitting office on August 31 upon completing his term, the HC said.
Moreover, the advocate general further stated that the process of appointment to the commission would be completed within two weeks thereafter.
However, the advocate general on Monday sought an adjournment stating that an advertisement could not be issued till date owing to the strike within the state secretariat.
The division bench stated that this excuse is not worthy of acceptance as the strike concluded quite some time ago and issuance of the advertisement, in terms of the statutory requirements, would not consume much time.
"However, one last opportunity is given to the state to prove its bonafides" stated the HC and gave one last opportunity to the state for issuance of advertisement for filling up the post.
It may be mentioned that the High Court of Manipur was given the opportunity in connection with hearing of the public interest litigation filed by Urikhimbam Nobokishore for directing the state government and concern authorities for appointment of the chairperson and one member (Judicial) as mandated under the protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 and also for appointment of the necessary officers and the staffs of the MHRC under Manipur Human Rights Commission Service Rules, 2021.