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.
"...no 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