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Section 17 Protection of Human Rights Act 1993: Inquiry into complaints

Section 17 (Inquiry into complaints) under Chapter IV (Procedure) of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 —

❝The Commission while inquiring into the complaints of violations of human rights may—

 (i) call for information or report from the Central Government or any State Government or any other authority or organisation subordinate thereto within such time as may be specified by it:

 Provided that—
  (a) if the information or report is not received within the time stipulated by the Commission, it may proceed to inquire into the complaint on its own;
  (b) if, on receipt of information or report, the Commission is satisfied either that no further inquiry is required or that the required action has been initiated or taken by the concerned Government or authority, it may not proceed with the complaint and inform the complainant accordingly;

 (ii) without prejudice to anything contained in clause (i), if it considers necessary, having regard to the nature of the complaint, initiate an inquiry.❞



The Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 (No. 10 of 1994) was amended by:
- the Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Act, 2000 (No. 49 of 2000) (w.e.f. 11-12-2000);
- the Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Act, 2006 (No. 43 of 2006) (w.e.f. 23-11-2006).

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