Government Policy

CJ urges media for taking legal aid to destitute

DHAKA, Jan 29, 2017 (BSS) - Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha yesterday urged the country's media to provide helping hand in taking the legal aid service to the door steps of the poor.

The chief justice was addressing a views exchange and unveiling of a publication at Supreme Court Auditorium.

Organized by Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee office and Manusher Jonno Foundation, the function was addressed by committee chairman Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Supreme Court Bar Association president advocate Yusuf Hossain Humayun, among others.

Urging all to help ensuring legal aid to poor, the Chief Justice said he would establish a fund personally to appoint experienced lawyers to defend poor in legal aid cases.

"Since formulation of the constitution, we are hearing that all are equal to law and everyone have the equal rights to get justice. But have we succeeded in ensuring this? My answer is no, we could not do it. It is our failure," Justice Sinha said.

Sharing his experience of visiting Juvenile Correction Centre in Gazipur recently, the chief justice said, "I have seen some excesses by the law enforcing agencies there. People are being deprived of justice even there."

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)