Formulate Human Rights rules as per Act: HC

The High Court on Monday issued a rule upon the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and its chairman to explain in four weeks as to why they should not be directed to formulate rules as per section 30 of the NHRC Act 2009 to dispose of complaints.The rule also asked the people concerned to explain why the dissemination of false, confusing and disgraceful information about the petitioner to the Information Commission Chairman and the Chief Information Officer by the NHRC deputy director (information officer) should not be declared illegal and unjust.
An HC bench comprising Justice Mirza Hussain Haider and Justice Muhammad Khurshid Alam Sarkar also asked the NHRC to explain why its letter sent to the director general of Fire Service and Civil Defence on April 30 last year asking him to take action against petitioner Mozammel Haque, a dismissed employee of the fire service, should not be declared illegal.
The rule came upon a writ petition filed by Mozammel.
The NHRC, its chairman, secretary, deputy director (Information officer) and director (Complaint and investigation), the Information Commission chairman, the Chief Information Officer and the fire service DG have been made respondents to the rule.
The section 30 of the NHRC Act 2009 says: “The Commission may, with prior approval of the President and by notification in the official gazette, make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act”.
However, the rules have not been formulated even in the four years, the petitioner told the court.
Barrister M Abdul Halim who appeared for Mozammel said some officials and employees of the fire service DG office tortured Mozammel as he protested the corruption of the DG.
He filed a complaint with the NHRC on February 26 last year in this regard and prayed to the commission to investigate the allegation.
But, the NHRC chairman sent a letter to the fire service DG asking him to take action against the complainant.
The petitioner also claimed that the NHRC in a letter to the Information Commission termed him “a habitual offender” after he had repeatedly asked for information about the investigation into his complaint. .(Source: UNB)

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