ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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West Bengal-Federal Principles Thrown Overboard

It is the duty of the State to voice its commitment to such concepts as free legal aid to the poor and appoint high powered committees to submit comprehensive and voluminous and no doubt highly well-intentioned reports on such schemes. It is equally the duty of the highest legal luminaries of the land to direct the government to provide free legal aid to the indigent and even lay down specific 'prescriptions' in this regard; and it is equally the duty to the government to ignore such 'prescriptions' and while making token contributions for dispensing legal aid to the poor in successive budgets, allow the moneys to be unused. Or, could it be that the government genuinely believes that there was no case in 1978-79 and in 1979- 80 deserving free legal aid?

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