President, India Legal Research Foundation and Senior advocate Pradeep Rai said that the mission of the newly-formed ILRF was to wipe every tear from every eye. He said that as early as in 1956 the apex court, while interpreting Article 14, decided that our Constitution is not meant only for the elite, but is also for “the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker”. “In subsequent years, it incorporated access to justice in Article 21 by various judicial interpretations. Articles 22(1) and 22(2) specifically ensure access to justice for persons who are arrested and detained in custody…. A judiciary where access is gagged and the institutions which are responsible do nothing to remove the obstacles ceases to be an independent system,” he said.

 

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