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Ganguly's absence makes WBHRC suffer.

THE West Bengal Human Rights Commission ( WBHRC) is lying defunct since the resignation of its chairperson retired Supreme Court judge Asok Kumar Ganguly following allegation of sexual harassment.

Many human rights organisations in the state have taken to bypassing the state commission and directly approaching the National Human Rights Commission ( NHRC).

Naparajit Mukherjee, former WB director general of police, is the lone rights panel member now. He was recommended by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee despite protests by the Opposition and other rights bodies.

As per norms, there should be three members in the WBHRC -- two judicial members and one appointed member. " Only judicial members have the right to call for hearing and pass necessary recommendations to the government. The entire process has been stalled now. The third member ( Mukherjee) can only call for report," sources in WBHRC told M AIL T ODAY . Mukherjee's appointment to the WBHRC had sparked off a raging debate with Association for Protection of Democratic Rights ( APDR) sending a legal notice to the state government seeking revocation of the recommendation.

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Publication:Mail Today (New Delhi, India)
Date:Jan 16, 2014
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