Supreme Court takes first steps to make itself accessible

In a sign of the seriousness with which it considers the issue, the apex court has initiated a number of steps to ensure accessibility within its own precincts, including designation of Grievance Redress Officers and Coordinating Officers to “render all possible assistance to lawyers and litigants with disabilities”.

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Issue Spotlight – Making Courts Disabled-friendly

How the Disability Act makes Courts accessible
While it is an obvious and pressing need that the judicial system be available to all, the lack of measures to accommodate disabled persons when they access the Courts is particularly troubling. Fortunately, the 2016 Disabilities Act has a number of provisions, which if properly implemented would go a long way in making Courts and judicial proceedings disabled friendly.

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Case Spotlight – Prashant Kumar vs. Ministry of Railways

A win for inclusivity in employment: Disability is not unfitness, says High Court
In a case argued by Disability Law Initiative, a two judge bench of the Delhi High Court has rejected the appeal of the Railways and reaffirmed the view of the single judge of the Court that the disability of Prashant Kumar, a candidate for the Indian Engineering Services, does not render him unfit for engineering jobs.

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Case Update – Rajeev Kumar Gupta Vs. Union of India

Supreme Court rejects review petition in Rajeev Kumar Gupta

On 15th December 2016, the Supreme Court rejected the attempt of the Government of India to have the 30th June 2016 judgment reviewed.

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