Khurshid shelves Moily`s proposal on right to justice
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Last Updated: Monday, March 26, 2012, 21:30
New Delhi: Law Minister Salman Khurshid has shelved a proposal of his predecessor M Veerappa Moily to make the right to justice a fundamental right.

" fresh law is required to make Right to Justice a fundamental right for citizens" as the Preamble to the Constitution provides justice to all citizens, Khurshid told the Lok Sabha on Monday.

He said the Supreme Court has also held that social justice is a fundamental right and in such a situation no fresh law was required.

In November, 2010, Moily had said the government was working to enact a law to make the right to justice a fundamental right for Indian citizens. "We (the Law Ministry) are already working on a system to make right to justice a fundamental right," he had said here.

In a written reply, Khurshid said the 13th Finance Commission has recommended a grant of Rs 200 crore to State Legal Services Authorities to provide legal aid to marginalised groups to empower them to access justice.

He said the National Legal Services Authority has been setting up legal aid clinics in villages manned by trained para-legal volunteers to help the common man get legal assistance.


First Published: Monday, March 26, 2012, 21:30

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