Topic: Section 12. Amendment of Section 21

In Section 21 of the principal Act,-

(a) for sub-section (2), the following sub-section shall be substituted, namely:-

"(2) The State Commission shall, with effect from such date as the State Government may by notification specify, consist of-

(a) a Chairperson who has been a Chief Justice of a High Court;

(b) one Member who is, or has been, a Judge of a High Court or District Judge in the State with a minimum of seven years experience as District Judge;

(c) one Member to be appointed from among persons having knowledge of or practical experience in matters relating to human rights.";

(b) after sub-section (5), the following sub-section shall be inserted, namely:-

"(6) Two or more State Governments may, with the consent of a Chairperson or Member of a State Commission, appoint such Chairperson or, as the case may be, such Member of another State Commission simultaneously if such Chairperson or Member consents to such appointment:

Provided that every appointment made under this sub-section shall be made after obtaining the recommendations of the Committee referred to in subsection (1) of Section 22 in respect of the State for which a common Chairperson or Member, or both, as the case may be, is to be appointed."