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The retired Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju,  is going to launch an NGO to offer justice to poor and helpless people.

Katju, who had earlier sought pardon for Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt and Zaibunissa Kazi, convicts in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case is the the retired judge of Supreme Court of India.

The NGO, ‘The Court of Last Resort’, will be headquartered in New Delhi, and have branches in all the states of the country.

Justice Katju explained on his blog, ‘It has been felt for quite some time that injustice is being done to a large number of people who have been languishing in jail either as undertrials whose cases have not been heard for several years, or who have unjustly remained incarcerated because the police have fabricated evidence against them, or for want of proper legal assistance or who have had to spend many years in jail and (were) ultimately found innocent by the court.’

The NGO will use Right to Information (RTI) and other means to obtain details of undertrials and convicts incarcerated in jails. Depending on the legal resources necessary, the NGO would then intervene and seek bail for those languishing wrongly in jails, or facing delayed trial.

In cases deserving of pardon, the NGO will seek suspension or reduction of sentences for the concerned undertrials by knocking on the doors of the President or respective state Governors.

During his visit to Mumbai two days ago, Justice Katju held meetings with top criminal lawyer Majeed Memon, activist-filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, and social crusaders to give shape to the NGO, based on Erle Stanley Gardner’s famous ‘The Court of Last Resort’, a popular TV series of the 1950s in the US that dealt with cases of miscarriages of justice of helpless undertrials in US prisons in the 1940s.

Lawyer Memon, who has fought several cases of accused in the 1993 serial bomb blasts and other similar cases, said that Katju would be the chief patron and noted counsel Fali S Nariman would be chairman of the NGO.


4 Responses to “Former SC Judge Katju to launch NGO for free legal aid”

  1. JAGAT BANDHU DANGRA

    I gave RTI application to INCOME TAX department delhi. CPIO called me one day before his reply. I recorded his voice in my mobile that third party has refused to deposit ant TDS. CPIO shown me letters from CHARTED ACCOUNTANT who is writing in his letter that salary is not taxable, Honour of Private Limited Company also give his in writting that no TDS is deposited in favour of Applicat. But CPIO gave me false reply that reords are not found.
    I contact to First Applicant but he did not reply.
    I go to Chief Information Commission. CIC order to CPIO that give an affidavit that no records are available.
    CPIO gave me an affidavit no records are found.
    Now I want to make a sue. In which section I can make my case. If you can take any advice on it I am also ready to pay fees.

    JAGAT BANDHU DANGRA
    MOBILE 9810293373

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  2. M L SHARMA

    ABC WAS PARTNERSHIP FIRM COSNSIT OF A & B TWO PARTNERS. ON 31-3-2008 ONE PARTNER B HAS RETIRED FROM PARTNERSHIP AND NOW WEF 1-4-2008 THE BUSINESS OF AFORESAID PARTNERSHIP IS CARRYING ON BY REMAINING PARTNER A IN HIS PROPRIETORSHP STATUS. AFTER DISOLUTION OF PARTNESHIP HE DID NOT CHANGED HIS BANK ACCOUNT WHICH WAS OPENED IN NAME OF THAT PARTNERSHI FIRM . HE IS USING CONTINIOUSLY USING THAT BANK ACCOUNT TRASECTION OF PROP BUSINESS.

    DUE TO ANY DISPUTE A IS HOLDING MY BLANK SIGNED CHEQUE IN HIS POSSESSION. TO TAKE USE OF THAT CHEQUE HE PREPARE A BILL DATED 21-11-2008 FOR Rs 100000/- AND FILLUP THAT SIGNED BLANK CHEQUE ON 16-2-2009 AND PRESENTED THAT FOR PAYMENT IN HIS OLD BANK ACCOUNT WHICH IS STILL NAME OF THAT PARTNERSHIP FIRM WHICH WAS RETURN BY THE BANK UNPAID WITH A REMARK ( PAYMENT STOPED BY THYE DRAWER) AS I HAD MAKE STOP PAYMENT FOR THAT CHEQUE.

    I WANT TO KNOW THAT
    CAN HE CONTINUE HIS OLD BANK ACCOUNT AFTER DISOLUTION OF PARTNERSHIP WHICH IS EARLIER IN NAME OF PARTNERSHIP FIRM. FOR TRASECTION OF HIS NEW PROP BUSINESS
    CAN CHEQUE ISSUED AGAINST LIABILIYIES OF HIS NEW PROP BUSINESS CAN BE PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT IN HIS OLD BANK ACCOUNT WHICH IS IN NAME OF PARTNERSHIP FIRM
    IT IS VALIED PRESENTATION OF CHEQUE IN HIS OLD BANK ACCOUNT WHICH WAS IN NAME OF OLD PARTNERSHIP FIRM
    NOTICE OF DEMAND FOR PAYMENT AGAINST DISHONNERED CHEQUE IS GIVEN FROM NEW PROP FIRM – IT IS VALIED ?

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  3. DR.P.L.NAWALKHA

    In CIVIL MATTERS ,IF TENANCY LANDLORD DISPUTE CASES ARE STREAMLINED THROUGH MEANINGFUL EFFORTS OF JUSTICE KATJU,IT WOULD PROVIDE MEMORIAL HISTORY OF EASING OUT LITIGATIONS IN INDIA. 2 IN APARTMENT ACT /LAW UNIFORMITY IS REQUIRED.JUSTICE KATJU SHOULD WORK FOR THIS. PEOPLE’S WORLD OR PEOPLE-WOOD IS IN DIRE NEED OF YOUR SERVICES RATHER THAN BOLLYWOOD.

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