OF CHAIRPERSON AND MEMBERS
Dr. Justice Aftab H. Saikia – Chairperson
Born on 7.4.1949 at village Dampur under Hajo
Police Station in the District of Kamrup. Obtained B.Sc with Distinction
from Cotton College, Guwahati in 1969. Obtained LL.B. and LL.M. from
Gauhati University (G.U.) in the year 1974 and 1982 respectively. He was
enrolled as an Advocate with Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya,
Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh on 9.8.1974 and since then
practiced in Civil, Criminal, Constitutional, Service and allied matters
for 26 years in the Gauhati High Court at Guwahati and other outlying
Benches in the North East including the Subordinate Courts. He was
Government Advocate and Additional Public Prosecutor, State of Assam in
1983-86 and also Additional Central Government Standing Counsel in
1991-1994 in the Gauhati High Court. Was Standing Counsel, Guwahati
Municipal Corporation in 1996 and Legal Adviser, Pollution Control Board,
Assam since 1991 till his elevation as High Court Judge in 2000. He was
associated with J.B. Law College, Guwahati under G.U. as Lecturer in
1977-1991 and Principal therein in 1991. He was Guest Lecturer, LL.M.
classes in the Department of Law, G.U. in 1983-1985 and 1988-1989 and in
University Law College, G.U. in 1991-1993. Also associated with Faculty of
Law, G.U. as Member in 1980-91. He was Member, North East Bar Council
since 1983 and Vice-Chairman therein in 1996-1998. Was permanent Member,
Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. He was designated as Senior Advocate on
3.6.1999. He was appointed as Permanent Judge of the Gauhati High Court on
15.11.2000 and stationed at Principal Seat at Guwahati. Was Judge,
Administrative Department, Gauhati High Court and Executive Chairman,
Assam State Legal Services Authority, Assam. He was elevated as Chief
Justice, High Court of Sikkim on 07.03.2009 (Forenoon). He was awarded
Ph.D in Law by the Gauhati University in December, 2009 on the theme
“Protection of Education and Cultural Rights of the Minorities under the
Constitution of India – An Analytical Study” He is the first sitting
Judge or Chief Justice to obtain Ph.D within the Country while in office.
Transferred to the High Court Jammu & Kashmir vide Notification No.
K.13021/1/2010-US.II(ii) dated 30.03.2010 and took over as the Chief
Justice of the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir on 13.04.2010 and retired
in the same capacity on April, 6, 2011.
Presently Hon’ble Dr Justice Saikia is the Chairperson, Assam
Human Rights Commission with effect from 01.12.2011.
Jyoti Prasad Chaliha
– Hon’ble Member
Born on 30.12.1943 at Sivasagar district of Assam,
he completed his school and college education at his native town Sibsagar.
He joined Gauhati University and obtained his M.A. degree in English
Literature in 1966. He joined as a lecturer in English Literature in the
Department of English Sibsagar College designated as a College of
Potential Excellence among 100 colleges all over the country by the
University Grants Commission. He was promoted to the rank of Selection
grade lecturer in the year 1986 ( now designated as
Associate Professor ). He was also a faculty member of
Post-graduate Assamese Section of the college. Later he was appointed as
Principal of the College in the year 2002. During his tenure as Principal
of the college, the ground work was done and proper scheme had been
submitted for selection of the college as a college of potential
excellence and on the basis of which the UGC had been satisfied to accord
to Sibsagar College the status of a College of Potential Excellence. He
was also instrumental in submitting the Self-appraisal
Report before the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC)
constituted by the University Grants Commission on the basis of which the
NAAC Peer Team accorded B+ Grade to the College.
Side by side with teaching profession, he was also
associated with journalism. His first stint in journalism started when he
was a college student in the year 1960 when he got the opportunity to
serve the Statesman published from Calcutta (now Kolkota). Besides the
Statesman, he also simultaneously served the Amrita Bazar Patrika, another
English Daily also published from Kolkota. Also served the Sentinel and
the national multi-language national News Agency United News of India (UNI)
from 1986 to 2004. Also associated with All India Radio Dibrugarh and
Guwahati Centres. As a free lance journalist his innumerable articles on
social, political, economic, academic topics and also on Human Rights were
published and are now scattered in various Newspapers and Magazines.
General Secretary of Sibsagar District Journalists’ Association for
several years at a stretch and also of President of Sibsagar Press Club
from 1993 to 2008.
Appointed a Member of Jute Manufacturers’
Development Council (JMDC), a statutory body under the Union Textile
Ministry with its Head Office at Kolkata in the year 2006. He also served
as Member of Sibsagar Planning Board and also a member of Sibsagar DRDA
Vigilance Committee. He was also a Member of Sibsagar District Consumer
Redressal Forum, a district level quasi judicial forum for addressing the
problems of the consumers constituted under Consumer Protection Act 1986.
Also associated with innumerable social and cultural organizations.
Presently, he is Member of the Assam Human Rights Commission.
Shree Tarun Phookan – Member
Born on 03.01.1950 at Bherbheri (Barhampur) village
under Samaguri P.S. in the district of Nagaon, Assam, Shree Tarun Phookan
obtained B.Sc degree in 1970 from Nagaon College and LL.B degree from
Nagaon Law College in 1975. He served as an assistant teacher for three
years at the Swahid Smriti High School, Barhampur, Nagaon, before joining
the Nagaon Bar Association in 1975 as an Advocate. He had been a
practicing lawyer for five years in both criminal and civil sides till
before his appointment as a Judicial officer in 1980. He was first posted
at Dibrugarh as a Munsiff cum Judicial Magistrate of the 2nd
Class in the Assam Judiciary under which he served in different capacities
at different districts of the State including that of the post of District
& Sessions Judge consecutively for about five years at Karimganj,
Jorhat and Kamrup respectively till before his superannuated retirement at
the age of 60 years on 31.01.2010 after serving as the Special Judge, CBI
and NIA, Assam, for about two years. He rendered his services also as a
Member of the Foreigners Tribunal, Darrang, Mangaldoi, for about one and a
half years after his retirement from which post he had resigned for being
appointed as a Member, Assam Human Rights Commission, in which assignment
he joined on 16.12.2011.