Highlights:

  • President Ram Nath Kovind visited Prayagraj (Formerly known as Allahabad) in Uttar Pradesh and laid the foundation stone of the Uttar Pradesh National Law University
  • The Uttar Pradesh government informed that the building complex will have nearly 2600 chambers for the lawyers
  • The Uttar Pradesh National Law University is being developed in the Jhalwa area of Prayagraj

On Saturday, President Ram Nath Kovind visited Prayagraj (Formerly known as Allahabad) in Uttar Pradesh and laid the foundation stone of the Uttar Pradesh National Law University and Advocate Chambers, the new building complex of the Allahabad High Court.

The President was greeted by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and governor Anandiben Patel at the Bamrauli airport. Along with them, the deputy chief minister of the state, MP Rita Bahuguna Joshi, and other local MLAs were also present at the venue.

According to reports, the new Allahabad high court complex constitutes a multi-level parking facility, an advocate chamber library, and an auditorium. The Uttar Pradesh government informed that the building complex will have nearly 2600 chambers for the lawyers of the court. An estimated amount of 6000 million rupees have been released for the project.

At the ceremony, the President conveyed that timely and cheap justice in the common man language is “our responsibility”. Expressing that he has seen the struggle of the poor seeking justice, he added that lawyers and litigants face problems due to the lack of infrastructure in the judiciary. He assured, “Proper infrastructure and the judicial appointment will ensure that justice is imparted on a timely basis.”

The Uttar Pradesh National Law University is being developed in the Jhalwa area of Prayagraj. Referring to the varsity, the President instructed that the NLU must be built in accordance with guidelines that were designed after studying the very best law university in the world.

Union law minister Kiren Rijiju, Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana along with other senior judges were also present at the ceremony. At the event, Kiren Rijiju underlined that Prayagraj is the centre of culture and education and emboldens the spirit that the judiciary must always remain independent in its approach.

The Union law minister voiced, “We want India to be the centre of arbitration and mediation of the world. Speedy and timely delivery of justice to the common man is our target. I ensure that the central government is working with all its might to strengthen the judiciary.”

The Chief Minister of the state noted that a demand for a separate law university and a multilevel parking facility was being raised for years. He highlighted that Prayagraj is the land of ‘Dharma’ and around 24 crore people depend on Prayagraj for justice. He added, “The state government will fully cooperate in the National Law University project.”

The Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana enlightened about the city’s role in the freedom struggle, adding that he is privileged to be in the land of Triveni. He also congratulated the staff of the Prayagraj administration. Quoting Gandhi, he encouraged, “What is really needed to make a democracy function is not knowledge or facts, but right education.”

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