Bangalore, April 22: Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KHRC) Chairman S R Nayak alleged on Thursday, April 22, that he was being constantly threatened by government functionaries.
Speaking to mediapersons he said, ''I am the guardian of the Human Rights. I have the statutory authority of acting as Human Rights defender.'' According to the Covenant of Human Rights, as signed by the Government of India with UN Human Rights Council, the defenders of Human Rights are to be extended protection by the government, he said, adding ''But, I am being constantly threatened by the government functionaries.'' To a question, he said,''I have the option of drawing the attention of Constitutional authorities like the Governor and the President.'' I have other options also. Every now and then I have been asked to act within my limits, Justice Nayak said.
''I have the freedom of speech and authority to criticise government action if it violates Human Rights,'' the KHRC chief observed.
On my comments regarding 'Chintan Baithak' at a time when North Karnataka was reeling under flood, ''I had asked Chief Secretary for his explanation on his comments on my opinion.'' The Chief secretary has sought one month extra time from April 19. I have accepted that, he said.
Justice Nayak's reaction comes in the wake of Political Secretary to Chief Minister Puttaswamy yesterday strongly condemning the comments made against the government functioning by the State Human Rights Commission Chief and asking him (Justice Nayak) to resign and join politics.