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India Legal App will provide access to justice to underprivileged: Senior Advocate Pradeep Rai

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Senior Advocate and Chairman of the India Legal Research Foundation (ILRF) Pradeep Rai on Saturday said the new app was close to his heart since it would provide access to justice to many people, who were either underprivileged or did not know how to seek justice for themselves. 

Attending the launch of the app through a webinar, Rai said the Preamble of India mentioned securing social, economic and political justice for all of its citizens. 

This could be achieved by bringing equality before law. The App will surely help the young students, lawyers and even senior Advocates such as Justice Venkatachaliah, added the Senior Advocate. 

Talking about the app, he said it recently took up a case of around 10-15 people from Azamgarh, who had been declared dead on papers. The helpless people were running from pillar to post to prove themselves alive. The app successfully took up this case and managed to get justice for them.

The Senior Advocate quoted Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, who said that people should make such efforts that should benefit the last man standing. He said the aim of the app was that no one should be left behind in getting access to justice due to lack of resources or other reasons.

Expressing happiness over the large number of lawyers, Advocates and students participating in the programme, Rai, who is also the Chairperson of Balaji Foundation, said that starting from mediation to litigation, the app catered to all categories and provided a variety of services.

Rai advised people to first go for mediation and in case it did not work, they should consider filing a case.

Former Chief Justice of India M.N. Venkatachaliah launched the much-awaited India Legal app today, saying that the initiative will not only cater to those seeking justice, but also help the large legal community. It would also help in disposing of around 70 percent new cases, he added.

Senior Advocate Rai said he was in awe of former CJI Venkatachaliah and Attorney General R. Venkataramani, adding that the two legal luminaries were an inspiration for many young lawyers and a source of energy for all Advocates.

AG Venkataramani, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, National Law University Delhi Vice Chancellor Prof (Dr) GS Bajpai, Former IIM Bangalore Dean Prof Trilochan Sastry and Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association President Manoj K. Mishra took part in the webinar. 

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