Legal Aid

There are several matters, every week, that are considered for ‘legal aid’. I had briefly assisted Senior Advocate, Jaideep Gupta in this regard and had recommended aid for Ujwala Pandurang Toraskar v. Mormugao Port Trust [Diary No. 20112 of 2018]. Judgment of HC of Bombay at Goa [Writ Petition No. 279/2016], was challenged. On July 3, 2018 the SC dismissed the SLP [Court 8, Item 24]. Here is how I had briefly summarized the matter:

The Applicant’s mother used to receive pension from the Mormugao Port Trust after the Applicant’s father’s death in 1987. The Applicant used to receive the pension after her mother’s death. Once the Applicant got married, her disabled brother used to receive the pension. The disabled brother expired too. The Mormugao Port Trust did not pay any pension after that. The Applicant obtained divorce in 2013 and in terms of a consent decree received more than Rupees One Lakh as permanent alimony. The Applicant freshly applied to Mormugao Port Trust, since she was a ‘divorced daughter’, pleading the Trust to renew payment of the family pension. As per the Mormugao Port Trust Memorandums, a divorced daughter of a deceased father can receive pension in the circumstance that she is divorced at the time of her father’s passing. Accordingly, the family pension was denied to the Applicant and the High Court upheld the decision of the Trust.”

Being pro bono has been central to my vision, several times before. I sincerely hope ‘legal aid’ is available in depth.