People of J&K are overwhelming & have full faith in Justice delivery System : Kiren Rijiju

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Srinagar, 09 April (CNI) : Praising people of Jammu and Kashmir as hearty and always overwhelming, the Union Law Minister said they have full faith in Justice delivery system.

As per the news agency-Current News of India (CNI) The Union Minister for Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju in presence of Chief Justice of High Court of J&K and Ladakh, Justice N. Kotiswar Singh and Justice Tashi Rabstan, Executive Chairman JKLSA today inaugurated the office of Legal Aid Defense Counsel at ADR Centre in District Court Complex Budgam.

During his visit to Budgam, the Union Minister also presided over an awareness programme on Legal Assistance at Pre-arrest, Arrest and Remand Stage at Conference Hall Budgam.

In his presidential address, the Union Minister said that the Legal Aid Defense Counsel system would be fruitful in helping the marginalized sections of society, who have no access to justice. Further, he emphasized the importance of such awareness programmes on providing Legal Assistance at Pre-arrest, Arrest and Remand Stage to the down trodden people of the society, thereby giving a meaning to access to justice.

Praising people of Jammu and Kashmir as hearty and always overwhelming, the Union Law Minister said they have full faith in Justice delivery system.

He said Kashmir is a paradise on earth, and people here have to live happily on this paradise.

Lauding the role of J&K Legal Services Authority, the Union Minister said that it is ensuring delivery of justice in an efficient and competent manner across the UT.

He said that objective of organizing awareness regarding Legal aid services is to aware people about their legal rights and access to the justice delivery system. He said that constitutional rights should not only be upheld but also promoted.

The Union Minister emphasized on empowerment of citizens with legal Literacy. and said PLVs are playing important role in bridging the gap between citizens and legal aid providers through Nyaya Bandhu & Tele- Law Services by both offline and digital services.

He emphasised that Nyaya Bandhu & Tele- Law Services are instrumental way to provide legal aid to the deserving.

The Union Minister said that doors of justice are open to all without any discrimination of rich and poor and it is being ensured that no innocent is punished and no guilty is spared.

He added that Union Government has taken various initiatives to reduce the pendency of cases in all courts and to ensure prompt justice delivery and measures have been taken to ensure citizens including those living in remotest areas of the Country have easy access to the justice.

The Union Minister along with Chief Justice of High Court of J& K and Executive chairman JK LSA also handed over a cheque of Rs 5 lacs as interim victim compensation to the parents of the deceased victim of Soibugh murder case.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Justice N. Kotiswar Singh in his Key note Address stressed to make the judicial system accessible to every citizen, so that the judiciary comes up to the expectations of the litigants. The Chief Justice urged the people to take the services of legal aid in the most efficient manner.

He also enlightened the audience about the sanctity of the preamble of the Constitution of India, which provides access to justice for all especially the marginalized section of society and that too free of cost.

He further emphasized that Legal Services Authority are playing the role of a bridge between judiciary and various other departments. He urged that all the stakeholders have to work conjointly for the welfare of people.

Executive Chairman J&K Legal Services Authority Justice Tashi Rabstan also threw light on the importance of such aids for having an access to justice for the people who actually need it. He further threw light on the functioning of the Legal Aid Defense Counsels and urged the selected counsels to work for the people who by reason of economic or any other disadvantageous position are not able to have their grievances redressed.

Besides, other dignitaries from hon’ble High Court present on the occasion were Justice Sindhu Sharma, Justice Sanjay Dhar, Justice Puneet Gupta, Justice Mohammad Akram Chowdhary and Justice Moksha Khajuria Kazmi.

Mohammad Ashraf Malik Principal District and Sessions Judge (Chairman DLSA) Budgam delivered the welcome address and extended a warm welcome to all the dignitaries. Owais Ahmad Wani DySP Headquarter and supervisory officer women police stations central range threw light on the topic and enriched the audience about the rights of a common man regarding pre arrest, arrest and remand stage by giving practical examples.

In addition, Shri M.K Sharma, Principal Secretary to The Chief Justice, Mr. Y P Bourney Registrar Vigilance, Mr Amit Kumar Gupta Member Secretary J&K Legal Services Authority, Mr. Farooq Ahmad Bhat Registrar Judicial and Mr. Abdul Bari Joint Registrar, Protocol were also present on the occasion from the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir. (CNI)

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