NEW DELHI: Supreme Court judge justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul on Tuesday inaugurated the web portal of ‘SAHYOG‘, a pro bono research project which works towards enhancing access to justice in the country.
Justice Kaul said he was happy to inaugurate the web portal of ‘SAHYOG’ and added that this initiative is certainly in furtherance of the virtual world as we go on. He added, “An important aspect that had often remained unnoticed in our country has been the importance of academia in law schools in furtherance of legal research, improving the quality of our judges and the input to the judges.”
“I am sure the judiciary can equally use in some way the opportunity of interaction with these dynamic youngsters,” he said. While addressing the e-inauguration, Justice Kaul said “to no one will we sell, to no one will we refuse or delay the access to justice. ”
‘SAHYOG’ aims to further the constitutional goal of access to justice, by providing a platform that connects student research assistants to lawyers and organizations who have taken up pro bono cases. It was founded by Adya Jha and Dakshita Chopra, alumni of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, with the hope of aiding those who are not able to bear the expenses that the dispensation of justice unfortunately demands.
Chairman of the Bar council of india, Manan Kumar Mishra, advocate general of the government of Odisha Ashok Parija, senior advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan and others joined the e-inauguration.
Since its inception in September 2019, ‘SAHYOG’ has contributed over 2,500 pro bono hours while collaborating with several lawyers. His work has encompassed issues of labor law, slum dwellers, tribal communities, and human trafficking victims among others.
In furtherance of their objective, the SAHYOG web portal has been launched to scale up the initiative and widen its reach to a larger cross section of legal professionals and students. This event was conducted in association with the Legal Aid Society, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences.