SRINAGAR: The Inspector General of Police of the investigating wing of the defunct State Human Rights Commission Sunil Kumar Sharma retired on Wednesday.
An official at SHRC told Kashmir Reader that while IGP was accorded the farewell, no one has so far been appointed to replace him.
Meanwhile, sources said, a high-level meeting to appoint the chairperson and members of the SHRC has failed to meet due to the raging anti-India uprising.
The panel headed by the chief minister (presently Mehbooba Mufti) comprises leader of the largest opposition party in legislative assembly (Omar Abdullah), Speaker of the lower house (Kavinder Gupta), Chairman Legislative Council (Haji Inayat Ali) and Law Minister (Abdul Haq Khan).
In June this year, the government withdrew the panel’s recommendations to the state’s governor for appointing former High Court Judge, Justice (retd.) Imtiyaz Hussain and former Principal District and Sessions Judge, Jang Bahadur Singh Jamwal respectively as chairman and one of the four members of the SHRC.
The withdrawal was forced as Justice (retd.) Imtiyaz Hussain’s appointment was in contravention of the legislation that makes the chairperson and members of State Accountability Commission ineligible for any assignment or appointment to be made by the Governor once their term is completed with the anti-graft body.
More than 2000 cases, mainly related to human right violations, are pending disposal since June 28, 2014 when two of its last members—Rafiq Fida, who was also serving as its acting chairperson, and Amlok Singh completed their term in office.
The SHRC is actually headless since October 2011 when Justice (Retd) Bashir-ud-Din retired as chairman. Month later, Abdul Rashid Khan, former Inspector General of Police, completed his term as the member while Javaid Ahmad Kawoos attained superannuation on October 24, 2013.