PUCL Bulletin, November 2002
UP efforts to set up State Human Rights Commission bear fruit
-- By Neelofar Haram
The Allahabad High Court headed by Justice Ravi. S. Dhawan had directed the State government to set-up a State Commission in 1996 following the raising of the issue in the Uttarakhand agitation case, in which Ravi Kiran Jain had appeared. At that time U P was under President's rule. Governor Motilal Vora issued a notification constituting a Human Rights Commission. The names of the Chairperson and the members were to be decided. Before that could be done President's rule ended and the Kalyan Singh government took over. In the absence of any further action, the U P PUCL filed another writ petition in 1998, telling the High Court that on the provocative exhortation of the Chief Minister there had been numerous fake encounters.
Further, the National
Human Rights Commission chief told the Chief Minister Kalyan Singh to
set-up a Commission as more than 55% of complaints received by the Commission
were from U P. On this petition Justice B. K. Roy and Justice R. K. Singh
directed the State of U P on January 12, 2000 to constitute a State Human
Rights Commission within three months. In the meanwhile, Rajanath Singh
became the Chief Minister and again encounters, and custodial deaths increased.
In July 2002, the U P PUCL again filed a petition. Shri K G Kannabiran,
President of the PUCL also went to Allahabad to argue this petition. The
court issued notice to the government and the Mayawati government assured
the Court that the Commission would soon be setup.