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Chief Justice inaugurates legal aid clinics at Tangdhar, Teetwal

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Interacts with bar, students, civil administration

KUPWARA: On the second day of his visit to Kupwara district, Chief Justice of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, Justice N Kotiswar Singh on Saturday inaugurated Legal Aid Clinics at Tangdhar and Teetwal and interacted with bar members, students, and civil administration here. 

After inaugurating the Legal Aid Clinic, the Chief Justice delivered a Presidential address in which he invoked the Preamble of the Constitution which calls for securing justice for all citizens to highlight the importance of providing free legal aid to vast sections of people who are still unaware of their legal rights and privileges”.

“Judiciary has to play an important role apart from adjudication, that is legal awareness,” Justice Kotiswar said.

The Chief Justice further said that Judiciary has to ensure that people’s rights are not being trampled upon and dignity of the individuals is respected. He underscored the importance of legal aid clinics in enhancing people’s access to justice.

“Legal aid clinics are one of the important ways to fulfill our Constitutional pledge of ensuring access to justice for one and all,” he said.

The Chief Justice further remarked that PLVs are foot soldiers and can play an important role in making legal aid clinics more vibrant and effective by going to grassroots for legal awareness among the people to increase their access to justice.

“Legal aid clinics are one of the important ways to fulfill our Constitutional pledge of ensuring access to justice for one and all,” Justice Kotiswar said. He added that our responsibility is to help those who are in need of help.

While congratulating the District administration Kupwara, Chief Justice said that I am happy to note that development has taken place in Tangdhar and Teetwal areas. “The rich history and contribution of Karnah residents are immense, though there are some difficulties, but by co-operation and coordination we can overcome these difficulties,” he said.

Meanwhile, at the Government Degree College Kupwara, Chief Justice interacted with students and received their feedback regarding the judicial system and their interest in the judiciary.

Civil Judge/Munsiff, Tangdhar, Faizan I Nazar presented and conducted the proceedings of programme. President Bar Association Tangdhar presented a welcome address at Degree College Tangdhar.

District & Sessions Judge Kupwara delivering the welcome address at the inauguration function at Teetwal said that Legal aid clinics are bridging the gap of justice, empowering the people by giving awareness about legal rights and social justice to marginalized sections of society.

While complimenting the role played by the Chief Justice, she said that Hon’ble Chief Justice has brought innovations in the judiciary.

She thanked Chief Justice for visiting the Kupwara district, especially Tangdhar, and Teetwal.

DC Kupwara while expressing gratitude on behalf of civil administration and the people of Kupwara district thanked Chief Justice N. Kotishwar Singh for visiting Karnah and said that it is a landmark event in the history of Karnah subdivision that for the first time any Chief Justice has visited this far-off area and interacted with bar and people of the area.

Deputy Commissioner Kupwara presenting the development profile of the district said that Kupwara district has been chosen in the Aspirational District plan in the country and improving different parameters and Thematic areas.

Civil Judge/Munsiff Tangdhar proposed the vote of thanks at Teetwal.

Chief Justice also visited District Jail Kupwara where he interacted with undertrials and prisons and passed a slew of directions for expediting their trials and appeals respectively.

Principal Secretary to Chief Justice M K Sharma, District and Sessions Judge Kupwara (Chairperson, DLSA Kupwara) Shazia Tabasum; Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Ayushi Sudan; Principal Government Degree College Kupwara, Prof. Haroon Rashid, SSP Kupwara, Yougal Manhas; Civil Judge/Munsiff, Tangdhar Court, Faizan I Nazar; DDC Member Karnah, Adv. Najma Hamid, President Bar Association, Qazi Mehboob Illahi, Members of Bar Association Karnah and local PRIs, and officers of Tehsil administration were present at the inauguration functions of legal aid clinics held at Government Degree College Tangdhar and Teetwal.

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