Hon'ble Retd. Justice
Arun Kumar Mishra
|Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission of India|
|Assumed office |
2 June 2021
|Appointed by||Ram Nath Kovind|
|Judge of Supreme Court of India|
7 July 2014 – 2 September 2020
|Nominated by||Rajendra Mal Lodha|
|Appointed by||Pranab Mukherjee|
|Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court|
14 December 2012 – 6 July 2014
|Nominated by||Altamas Kabir|
|Appointed by||Pranab Mukherjee|
|Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court|
26 November 2010 – 13 December 2012
|Nominated by||S. H. Kapadia|
|Appointed by||Pratibha Patil|
|Judge of Madhya Pradesh High Court|
25 October 1999 – 12 September 2010
|Nominated by||Adarsh Sein Anand|
|Appointed by||Kocheril Raman Narayanan|
|Born||3 September 1955|
Arun Kumar Mishra (born 3 September 1955) is the current and eighth Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission of India. He is the former Judge of Supreme Court of India. He is former Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court and Rajasthan High Court. He has also served as Acting Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court. He is also former Judge of Madhya Pradesh High Court.
Early life and education
Mishra was born on 3 September 1955. His father Late Hargovind Mishra was also a judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. He completed his graduation in science and obtained a master's degree. He then obtained a degree in law. He practised from 1978 to October 1999 in Constitutional, Civil, Industrial, Criminal and Service Matters in the Bench of High Court of Madhya Pradesh at Gwalior. He worked as part-time Lecturer in Law during 1986 to 1993 and was a Member of Faculty of Law of Jiwaji University, Gwalior from 1991 to 1996.
In 1989 and 1995, he was elected Member of State Bar Council of M.P. and Vice-Chairman of State Bar Council of M.P. from 1992 to 1995. He was a member of Academic Council of Government M.L.B. Arts and Commerce Autonomous College, Gwalior from 1996 to 1998. He was Chairman of Advocates Welfare Committee of Bar Council of India for M.P. from 1996 to 1999. He was elected Vice-Chairman of Bar Council of India in 1997-1998 and Chairman of the Bar Council from 15.05.1998 to 24.10.1999. He remained Co-Chairman of All India Meet of Development of Law Course Curriculum consisting B.C.I., U.G.C., Law Secretaries, Educationalist and Chairman of various State Bar Councils held at Bangalore in 1997. He was chairman of General Council of National Law School of India University at Bangalore from 15.05.1998 to 24.10.1999. He remained Member of the various committees of Bar Council of India viz. Legal Education Committee, Rules Making Committee, Welfare Committee, Disciplinary Committee and Trustee of Employees' Provident Fund Committee.
He drafted and proposed Foreign Law Degree Recognition Rules of 1997 framed under Advocates' Act, 1961, Bar Council of India Employees' Service Rules, 1996, M.P. Advocates Welfare Scheme, 1995 providing benefit up to 5 lacs, Rules pertaining to Foreign Lawyers Conditions of Practice Rules on India. He proposed the decision to close evening Law Colleges from 2000 July by B.C.I. for professional purposes i.e. for entry to Bar and drafted All India Lawyers' Welfare Scheme, 1998 and also proposed Amendment to other Welfare Schemes of Advocates.
Elevation to High Court
Justice Arun Mishra was appointed as Additional Judge of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh on 25 October 1999 and Permanent Judge on 24 October 2001. Administrative Judge of M.P. High Court. Remained Chairman, State Legal Service Authority of M.P. He was transferred to Rajasthan High Court, Jodhpur and took oath on 12.09.2010. He became Acting Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court on 01.11.2010. He took oath of the office of the Chief Justice of Rajasthan on 26.11.2010.
Mishra has taken several steps to dovetail technology in functions of Rajasthan High Court. His initiatives include publication of first ever Newsletter of Rajasthan High Court and inauguration of a Museum. 
Calcutta High Court
Chairperson of NHRC
On 2nd June 2021, he was appointed as the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of India. His appointment was criticized by opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge who requested to appoint a member of the Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe communities arguing that most complaints lodged with NHRC deal with atrocities committed against these communities.
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