This Article is written by – Khushi Chamaria, a student of Gitarattan International Business School.
Recently, during an event organized by Haryana Legal Services Authority (HLSA) Justice Lalit said that “Each police station must have display boards informing about right to legal aid and availability of free legal aid services”.
Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, a Supreme Court judge, is the Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA). Also, practiced as senior counsel at the Supreme Court. He is the 6th senior advocate ever to be directly elevated to the Supreme Court. He will retire on November 8, 2022, after serving as Chief Justice of India for seventy-four days.
To create awareness among the public regarding the Right to legal aid and availability of free legal aid services posters were also released by Judge Lalit during the event which will be installed at police stations across Haryana.
Adding to this, he said that this is the first step towards creating awareness about the Right to Legal Aid.
NALSA was founded as a statutory agency under the Legal Assistance Authorities Act of 1987 to provide free legal services to the poor and organize Lok Adalats for the peaceful resolution of disputes.
Legal Aid is not only a Human Right but it also has some constitutional provisions like :
No one should be detained without being told as quickly as possible about the reasons for their detention, and no one should be denied the right to consult and be represented by a lawyer of their choice.
By giving free legal aid to the impoverished and weaker members of society, the 42nd Amendment Act (together with articles 39,43A, and 48A) promotes justice for all.