DECIDING to put his law degree to use, Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sanjay Pandey recently floated a website that provides free legal aid to people in need of assistance in legal matters.
Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Sanjay Pandey had bagged his LLB degree earlier this year. Currently, Deputy Commandant with the State Homegaurds, Pandey floated his website http://www.isec.co.in/QA last week. Any person who has a question on a legal matters concerning cyber crime, corporate fraud, copyright infringements, property disputes, real estate, banking frauds or body offence can register and get queries addressed.
“It was during the last semester of my law degree that I discussed this idea with a few lawyer friends of mine and we decided to start the website,” Pandey said.
“Whenever a person is seeking a legal remedy, he gets stuck with basic questions like what is the legal recourse available for the wrong done to him or her, how to draft the petition, under which Act and what are the provisions to be invoked, so on and so forth. The idea behind this website is to tackle these basic questions so that the person knows which path to tread and is not fooled,” Pandey told The Indian Express.
“For instance, in matters concerning adoption, divorce or maintenance, people are often confused under which law should they file their petition. Also, the next challenge is to draft these petition. The aim of our website is to help the person in identifying both the Act and also helping him draft it,” Pandey added.
For the purpose of availing the expert view, one needs to register on the website and pose a question. The service provided by the experts is free of cost.
“Soon, we will also provide an option for uploading audio files wherein instead of writing a query, a person can ask his question. This will be very beneficial for people who are illiterate. Also, when one expresses a query through an audio link, we could come to know what exactly he is trying to seek and therefore would be able to provide the best alternative available,” explained Pandey.
Pandey also plan to have the option of using Devnagiri script. “For someone questioning in Hindi, it would be easier than trying to frame the same query in English. We will soon try to get the Devnagiri font uploaded on our website and this will help us connect more people,” added Pandey.
Pandey, who calls the website a work-in-progress, says they will also upload names of lawyers who the petitioners can approach and who would provide their services at a subsidised rate especially for people who hail from the lower-income group.