Calcutta, Oct. 30: The Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) has appealed to governor M.K. Narayanan to hold back the appointment of former director-general of police Naparajit Mukherjee as a member of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission.
In a letter to Narayanan yesterday, the APDR has said it could move court after a week.
Yesterday, the APDR had sent legal notices to six persons, including chief minister Mamata Banerjee, asking them to withdraw within seven days the recommendation to appoint Mukherjee.
“If the decision is not revoked, we will file a PIL in court arguing that appointing an IPS officer to a post reserved for a human rights activist under the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, is illegal,” said Ranjit Sur of the APDR.
On October 21, Mamata had proposed Mukherjee’s name as a member of the commission and Speaker Biman Banerjee had cleared it. Mukherjee is supposed to replace Sourin Roy, who will retire on November 15.
“There are several incidents of human rights violation during Mukherjee’s tenure. Being the head of the police administration, he did not implement several WBHRC recommendations,” Sur said.
The letter also mentioned incidents of police firing in which five persons were killed during Mukherjee’s tenure as DG.