Union Government has selected former Chief Justice of India (CJI) H L Dattu as new Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). He will succeed Mr. K.G. Balakrishnan who had demitted office after his five-year term that ended in May 2015. Since then Justice C Joseph is functioning as the acting Chairman.The post was lying vacant since 11 May 2015, when KG Balakrishnan demitted office after five-year term. Justice Cyriac Joseph had been functioning as the acting chairperson since then.Now Dattu’s name will be sent to the President Pranab Mukherjee for his nod. In accordance to Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, President appoints the chairperson and members of the NHRC. The chairperson is appointed on the recommendation of the high-powered committee headed by the Prime Minister.