Protesters will get legal aid to ensure constitutional rights
Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua, Advocate, Supreme Court: Lawyers have agreed to provide legal aid for the quota reform activists. This is no big deal, nor are we heroes. We are some ordinary people who have agreed on serving our professional responsibility. According to the constitution, every single person has the right to receive legal aid. The way the quota reform activists’ families were contacting us, it was very clear they will not get proper legal aid—a reason why we have come together to help them.
Due to our professional engagements, we are mostly busy and this is why it is not a piece of cake for us to give legal aid individually. But in case of teamwork, the task gets easy as the duties are distributed. We will explain our reasoning. The court will decide which is true or false, good or bad.
It’s not true that the other lawyers were scared to provide legal aids. On the hearing of Rashed’s case on July 2, there were 15-20 lawyers who stood for him beside his family members. And for the record, not many of them were appointed by his family.
There is no question of opposing anyone. The professional standing of a lawyer is that one is seeking legal aid, but he or she is not getting it or fearing of such. We shall work to exploit that. Considering the humanitarian ground, we chose to stand beside them to ensure their constitutional and human rights.
Based on an interview by Ashiq Rahman, translated by Sofian Khan.