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Justice BP Das Is New OHRC Chairman

22 August 2019

Bikash Sharma

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Cuttack: Justice Bimal Prasad Das, retired judge of the Orissa High Court, has been appointed the new Chairman of the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) following the seal of approval accorded by Governor Ganeshi Lal.

The Governor also appointed senior High Court advocate Asim Amitabh Das as OHRC member, a notification of the Odisha Law Department said.

In his media reactions, Justice Das said, “I have been entrusted with an important responsibility. However, I have not yet received the official notification. Hence, I haven’t yet finalized my date of taking over charge. Later, I’ll decide and intimate the Government.”

He explained, “When nobody had imagined about human rights, it was in our Constitution. There was incorporation Article 21. As a common man I would like to comment that human rights doesn’t only confine to the treatment meted out by the police or any misbehaviour. Article 21 has enhanced the scope of human rights to such an extent that it includes bad food available, non-availability of proper healthcare to the children and others, non-availability of education facility, etc.”

“If I join, I’ll not confine to only subjects of atrocity. I’ll take a broader interpretation of human rights what has been interpreted by the Supreme Court and our High Court,” remarked Justice Das.

With this appointment, a full-time chairman for the OHRC has been appointed after seven years.

After the retirement of acting chairperson Justice B.K. Misra on August 16 last year, the rights watchdog had become headless.

Notably, the OHRC functions with one chairperson and two members. Presently, it is functioning with one member. Justice Raghubir Dash, who was appointed OHRC member in December last year, has been working as acting-chairperson of the rights watchdog since last May.

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Justice B.P. Das, Chairman, OHRC