Setting an example of the power of legal aid in ensuring justice for all, a fifth-year law student from Lucknow has charged a token fee of just Re 1 to represent a senior citizen before a consumer forum in Jaipur, Rajasthan, in a legal battle drawn over two years and got him compensated too.
Chanakya Sharma, a student of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, represented Radheshyam Gupta, a retired government servant in a case against Unit Trust of India wherein he had invested his money with the hope of getting good returns by the time his granddaughter is of marriageable age but the scheme was foreclosed while Radheshyam kept waiting.
Chankaya said he has been able to do a lot by making use of the ‘Consumer Protection (Procedure for regulation of allowing appearance of Agents or representatives or Non-Advocates or Voluntary Organisations before the Consumer Forum), Regulations, 2014’ which allows non-advocates to appear before the consumer forum.
“Not many people know that these regulations give sufficient power to non-advocates to appear for anyone who needs legal assistance. I think, there could not be a better provision for law students to give effect to and to come to the rescue of those who need legal help,” he said.
By putting these guidelines to his use, Chanakya satisfied the forum in Jaipur that he was well-versed with the facts of the case and was allowed to appear for Radheshyam.
He puts to use 2014 guidelines for non-advocates to appear before consumer forum.
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