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Maharashtra Bandh: Lawyers to provide free legal aid to Maratha Kranti Morcha protesters

Team SoOLEGAL 26 Jul 2018 3:30pm

Maharashtra Bandh: Lawyers to provide free legal aid to Maratha Kranti Morcha protesters

Following the agitation for reservation by Maratha outfits, lawyers in Maharashtra had formed a special group to provide free legal aid to the Maratha Kranti Morcha protesters.

This was the first time when lawyers belonging to different communities have come forward in support of the initiative. In fact, the initiative has been taken up by 150 lawyers from Pune alone.

Meanwhile, the contact numbers of the lawyers are being circulated among the leaders and participants of the protest all over the state.

Although the Maratha Kranti Morcha called off the bandh declared in Mumbai, however, lawyers have come out to support the youths booked by the state police for violating law and order norms. The lawyers have agreed to provide them with all the legal help required at no cost.

In fact, some of the practising lawyers of Pune have created WhatsApp groups and posted their contact information on Facebook as well, with the intent to dispense legal aid to the agitators. The initiative was started by advocates Raviraj Pawar, Yogesh Pawar, Milind Pawar, Abhay Shirsath, Vijay Shinde, Vishwajeet Patil and Ruturaj Choudhari.

Explaining the need for their help, advocate Raviraj Pawar said,

Some 80 per cent of the protesters in the Morcha are very young and fighting for their Constitutional rights. We are ready to protect them. For the last two days, we noticed that the police have started filing multiple FIRs against groups of youngsters. Many have received notices under Section 151 (arrest to prevent the commission of cognisable offences) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), besides being booked under attempt to murder charges. There are possibilities of false cases being filed, so we felt like we should step in.” 

Tagged: Maharashtra Bandh   Mumbai   Maratha Mukti Morcha   Maratha Reservation   Legal Aid   Lawyers in Maharashtra   Pune Lawyers  
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