DLSA Kathua hosts sensitisation program on “Early Access to Justice at Pre-Arrest, Arrest and Remand Stage”

Under the aegis of NALSA and as per the Action Plan issued by J&K Legal Services Authority, (JKLSA) for April, 2023 and also under the supervision of Chairman, District Legal Services Authority Kathua, (also Principal District and Sessions Judge Kathua) Jaffer Hussain Beg, a Sensitisation program on “Early Access to Justice at Pre-Arrest, Arrest and Remand Stage” was organised by District Legal Services Authority Kathua at ADR Centre, District Court Kathua today.

The program was organised in collaboration with Department of Police Kathua.

Deputy Chief Legal Aid Defence Counsel, DLSA Kathua Advocate Puneet Kumari, was the resource person in this program.

The resource person explained in detail about the NALSA SOP on Early Access to justice at Pre-Arrest, Arrest and Remand Stage to the needy suspects and arrestees during interrogation and other early stages of investigation, to decrease the vulnerabilities of suspects and arrestees, to assist in avoiding unnecessary arrests and to assist the arrestees in filing bail applications and furnishing bail bonds. She also discussed the guidelines/directions issued by the Hon’ble Apex Court in case titled Arnesh Kumar Vs State of Bihar Citation 2014 (8) SCC 273.

Secretary, District Legal Services Authority Kathua Rekha Kapoor Nischal, also spoke on the occasion.

The proceedings of the program were conducted by Assistant Legal Aid Defence Counsel Adv. Neeraj Kumar.

The program was attended by Incharge CPO DPO (SSP) Office Kathua Munish Kumar, Investigating Officers of Police Department Kathua, Deputy Chief Legal Aid Defence Counsel, Assistant Legal Aid Defence Counsel and Para Legal Volunteers of DLSA, Kathua.

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