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Centre for Legal Aid Programme

Centre for Legal Aid and Program, NUSRL [CLAP] is a student and faculty run society with an aim to spread legal awareness and give real time effective legal aid to the people belonging to marginalized section of our society.  CLAP was established in the very first year of the inception of the University and within this short span of three years, CLAP has run several programs, conducted seminars, workshops and legal aid camps in remote areas of Jharkhand. One of the major achievements of Centre for Legal Aid came when six member students filed an application with a prayer to be impleading as co-petitioners for bringing on record certain relevant facts for just decision in the ongoing Public Interest Writ Petition in High Court of Ranchi with respect to the allocation of land for the construction of University Campus. The Hon’ble High Court was pleased to allow the application and our student members of Centre of Legal Aid were included as a necessary party.

CLAP initiated a “Prison Advocacy Program” to realize the mandate of Section 436 (A) of Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.  According to this section a prisoner is entitled to bail if he had already spend half of the terms in prisons that he could have been awarded if he is found guilty in the end of trial. The objective of this program is to ensure that no under trail prisoners be detained beyond the maximum period of imprisonment for the alleged offence. CLAP has already secured permission from Inspector General of Prison to run this program throughout state of Jharkhand and we have already met the Jail Superintend of Central Prison at Hotwar, Ranchi to start this program from there. We are in the process of collecting data with respect to such prisoners.

CLAP initiated a “Prison Advocacy Program” to realize the mandate of Section 436 (A) of Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.  According to this section a prisoner is entitled to bail if he had already spend half of the terms in prisons that he could have been awarded if he is found guilty in the end of trial. The objective of this program is to ensure that no under trail prisoners be detained beyond the maximum period of imprisonment for the alleged offence. CLAP has already secured permission from Inspector General of Prison to run this program throughout state of Jharkhand and we have already met the Jail Superintend of Central Prison at Hotwar, Ranchi to start this program from there. We are in the process of collecting data with respect to such prisoners.

Clap is also conducting an empirical study at Ranchi Institute of Neuro Psychiatry and Allied Science, (RINPAS) Kanke, to understand the difference between mentally challenged criminals and a criminal with a normal mind. This study also aims to evaluate the grass root working of providing legal aid to mentally challenged persons.  This is a long term study and we have made two visits to RINPAS to collect relevant information and we would be continuing this study in coming academic session.  CLAP is also in consultation to build some kind of more regular association with RINPAS to work closely with them in their prison ward.

CLAP also attempts to organize the Meet your Lawmaker” programme which is attended by the political big wigs and other decision-makers from bureaucratic circles. It is aimed at showcasing the deeper misunderstood realities of an administrative and political set up. Several prominent politicians like Mr. Babulal Marandi, former. Chief Minister, State of Jharkhand, Mr. C. P. Singh, Hon’ble Speaker of Jharkhand Legislative Assembly Mr. Ravindra Rai, Hon’ble Minister of Mines [former] has visited the University under this programme.

Legal Aid Camps under CLAP

CLAP has organized several camps with an aim to spread legal awareness, to understand life in the hinterland more closely and to make students aware of the actual functioning of several government run schemes. Several such camps were organized across the state of Jharkhand. CLAP team reached the Tenughat village (Bokaro District) early in the morning and proceeded to a village called Jhirki to conduct a social audit of the village. It collected relevant information to understand the demography, literacy level and actual grass root implementation of several pro poor schemes run by state and central government. The volunteers also presented a nukkad-natak to make people aware of Right to Information Act, and the functioning of free Legal Aid programs. CLAP organized another legal Aid camp in association with District Legal Service Authority of Giridih. Volunteers participated in an awareness program on the issues of female feticide organized by District Legal Service Authority. In the program the villagers raised their queries that were answered by our faculty members. Some of our volunteers also made a visit to District Prison to conduct a survey on conditions of prison inmates and to observe the functioning of Jail Adalat.

CLAP Fest

The event was one of its own kind in the country. The event was aimed at providing all educational institutions, NGOs and other organisations working in the arena of legal aid an opportunity to interact with each other, share their experience, adopt and learn from each other’s experiences and practice. The event saw the participation from national as well as other South Asian University.  It was highly acclaimed as an initiative of its own kind by the participants as well as other legal and social luminaries.

RTI Seminar

CLAP conducted its first seminar on RTI. Sunil Mahto, a renowned RTI activist interacted with the students. In his session, Mr. Mahto dealt with various queries that the students raised about the method of filing an RTI application. He also shared with the students, his past experiences as an RTI activist. A Workshop was also conducted by CLAP in collaboration with HRLN on Consolidating Legal Aid Network in West Bengal and Jharkhand. The Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) is a collective of lawyers and social activists dedicated to the use of the legal system to advance human rights in India and the sub-continent.

Blood Camp

The Center has successfully organized a blood donation camp in the University premises in collaboration with the Indian Red Cross Society with Smt. Annapurna Devi, the Minister, and Government of Jharkhand as the Chief Guest. The camp was aided by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Jharkhand Medical Officers Blood Donation Vehicles wherein 100s of the University students donated blood.


Contact Person

Mr. Kaushik Bagchi
Assistant Professor
Director, CLAP

Email: clap@nusrlranchi.ac.in
Website: http://clapnusrl.weebly.com/index.html

Mr. Vivek Raj
Student Convener,
CLAP

Mobile: +918409906705
Email: clap@nusrlranchi.ac.in