CJI Suggests Indian Diaspora Organizations Consider Establishing a Legal Assistance Center

New Delhi, March 17 (PTI) Chief Justice of India [CJI] NV Ramana proposed to Indian Diaspora Organizations in UAE on Thursday [UAE] think about setting up a legal aid center to help those in need in India.

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 provide all possible assistance in solving 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 to flourish 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 the Chief Justice of India, I cannot make any promises to you, but I can suggest organizations, such as the Social and Cultural Center of India, to think about establishing a center for legal assistance to help those who need legal assistance in India”said Judge Ramana.

He said the Legal Aid Center can be a hub for coordination between the needy and the Indian Legal Services Authority.

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”he said, adding that whenever Indians in the UAE have been called upon to step in and contribute to the Indian cause, they have always risen to the occasion.

“India resides in all of you and I hope wherever you live for work you will always think of India and keep her flag high”said the CJI.

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 festivals, organize and join cultural events. It is through these concerted efforts that you can maintain brotherhood between communities and maintain much-needed solidarity,” he said.

Justice Ramana said he had a meeting with the UAE law minister and other dignitaries.

He said that on the judiciary, there are bilateral agreements that India and the UAE have entered into which will help the two nations and enhance cooperation in various fields, and this relates to extradition, enforcement of decrees and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters. , among others.

The CJI said it had a discussion with the UAE justice minister over several important issues, including pending extradition orders and consular access to visit Indians imprisoned there.

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