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Retired CJ set to become rights’ panel chairperson

Previously, Gupta had become the first sitting judge of the Calcutta High Court in 30 years to become its chief justice on September 22.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
December 17, 2016 12:09:47 am

RETIRED CHIEF justice of the Calcutta High Court, Girish Gupta, is set to become the next permanent chairperson of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC). A proposal to this effect, made by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was accepted unanimously at the state Assembly on Friday.

Previously, Gupta had become the first sitting judge of the Calcutta High Court in 30 years to become its chief justice on September 22.

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Born on December 1, 1954, he had first enrolled as an advocate on September 20, 1982. He practiced law in the Calcutta High Court for 17 years in civil, constitutional, arbitration and commercial matters before being made a permanent judge of the HC on September 15, 2000. He retired earlier this month.

The choice of Gupta for the post was unanimous, as Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan too supported the decision during the meeting at Speaker Biman Banerjee’s office.

Officials said the proposal passed by the Assembly will now be sent to the Governor for his approval, before Gupta is officially appointed.

At present, retired police commissioner Naparjit Mukherjee is acting chairperson of WBHRC, since Justice Ashok Ganguly had retired from the post.

Opposition parties had earlier expressed reservation over a former DG heading the important body.

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