CJI Suggests Indian Diaspora Organizations Consider Establishing a Legal Aid Center

(Eds: More details added) New Delhi, Mar 17 (PTI) Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana on Thursday suggested Indian Diaspora organizations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) consider the establishment of a legal aid center to help those in need of such assistance.

The CJI said that the national and state legal service authorities in India, which cater to the legal service needs of 70% of the needy population completely free of charge, would offer all possible assistance in dealing with the legal problems of the people. in need in India.

Speaking at a congratulatory ceremony hosted by the UAE Indian community at the Indian Social and Cultural Center in Abu Dhabi, Justice Ramana said the strong and growing relationship between the two countries will only grow in the times to come and that the strong bonds of friendship are bound. grow and reach new heights.

He said one of the main reasons for the close ties between the two nations is that Indians are one of the largest ethnic groups in the UAE and they have contributed significantly to the development of the UAE over the years.

“As Chief Justice of India, I cannot make any promises to you. But I can suggest organizations like the Indian Cultural and Social Center to think about setting up a legal aid center to help those who need legal assistance,” he said.

“In India, national and state legal services authorities are able to cater for the legal service needs of 70% of the needy population completely free of charge,” the CJI said.

He assured that the Indian legal services authorities will offer all possible help to deal with the legal problems of the needy in India. “Your legal aid center can be the nodal point of coordination between Indian legal services and the needy,” said Justice Ramana.

Apart from the CJI, Supreme Court Justice, Justice Hima Kohli was also present during the congratulatory function in Abu Dhabi which was streamed on Youtube.

Justice Ramana said that the Indian population has been completely integrated into the fabric of society in the UAE and one of the most important things about the Indian diaspora in the UAE is their contribution to India. “You have also all contributed significantly to the development of India. Whenever there has been a calamity or an obligation for Indians in the UAE to step up and contribute to an Indian cause, they have always risen to the occasion,” he said.

”Wherever you are, your Indian values ​​of care, respect, brotherhood and tolerance must shine through. It is not the soil where you live or where you work that dictates who you are, but the values ​​that you carry within you. India resides in each of you. And I hope wherever you live or work, you will always think of India and fly its flag high,” he said.

Justice Ramana said that wherever he went, he always asked and advised expatriates not to forget their homeland and mother tongue.

”Don’t detach yourself from your roots. Support and promote your culture. Celebrate the holidays. Organize and participate in cultural events. It is through these concerted efforts that you will be able to maintain brotherhood between communities and maintain much needed solidarity,” the CJI said.

Judge Ramana said he had a meeting with the UAE justice minister.

”I had the opportunity to address issues related to 175 pending extradition orders and 105 pending prisoner exchange requests. Likewise, the issuance of notifications for the implementation of bilateral treaties also figured in our meeting. I have to say the response has been very positive and encouraging,” he said.

He said that regarding the judicial relations between the two countries, it is heartening to note that India and the UAE have entered into bilateral agreements which will help the two countries to enhance their cooperation in various fields. “Bilateral agreements have been concluded regarding the execution of decrees, extradition, mutual legal assistance in criminal and civil matters, and many others. Such agreements are a great asset, given the high levels of interaction between India and the UAE,” he said. PTI ABA RKS RKS

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