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Seeking legal aid at SC becomes easier for middle class, poor
The Supreme Court has made it easier for the people of middle and lower income groups to approach it to avail legal aid, an official said on Thursday.
 
The Middle Income Group Scheme, introduced by the Supreme Court, is self-supporting and people whose gross income does not exceed Rs 60,000 per month or Rs 7,50,000 per annum can now avail its services, an official release here said.
 
A sum of Rs 500 shall be payable to the Supreme Court Middle Income Group Legal Aid Society and a stipulated fee as per the schedule attached to the scheme.
 
The release said that a case will be registered under the MIG Legal Aid Scheme and forwarded to Advocate-on-Record/Arguing Counsel/Senior Counsel on the panel for their opinion.
 
If Advocate-on-Record is satisfied that it is a fit case, then the society will consider that applicant is entitled to legal aid. The view expressed by Advocate-on Record will be final in determining eligibility of the applicant for obtaining the benefit under the scheme.
 
The person desirous of availing the benefit of scheme shall have to fill up the prescribed form. 
 
The scheme provides for creating a contingent fund to meet miscellaneous expenditure in connection with the case and the applicant would also be required to deposit Rs 750 to the fund.
 
The scheme will enable people in the middle income group, who cannot afford expensive litigation in the Supreme Court, to avail services of the society at a nominal amount, the release said.
 
If the advocate takes a view that the case is not fit one for an appeal to the Supreme Court, then the entire amount after deducting Rs 750 towards minimum service charges of the committee shall be refunded to the applicant through cheque.
 
The release said that if an advocate, who is appointed under the scheme, is found negligent in pursuing the case entrusted to him, he would be required to return the brief together with the fee which he may have received from the applicant under the scheme.
 
The society will not be responsible for the negligent conduct and the entire responsibility will be that of the advocate vis-a-vis the client. The name of the Advocate will, however, be struck off from the panel prepared under the scheme.
 
The Law Ministry release said that the Chief Justice of India is the Patron-in-Chief of the society with Attorney General its ex-officio Vice President, Solicitor General its Honorary Secretary and other senior advocates of the apex court as its members.
 
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Bansal case accused TV actor Anuj Saxena surrenders in court
TV actor and COO of Elder Pharmaceuticals Anuj Saxena, accused of bribing former Ministry of Corporate Affair official B.K. Bansal who committed suicide, surrendered himself before a Delhi court on Thursday.
 
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge Gurdeep Singh directed the Chief Operating Officer (COO) to mark his presence on Friday, the next date fixed for hearing.
 
Saxena was directed by the Delhi High Court on February 13 to surrender himself before trial court by February 17.
 
The High Court had also directed him to withdraw his anticipatory bail plea and move it afresh before the trial court concerned.
 
The CBI has alleged that Saxena had contacted another co-accused Vishwadeep Bansal to negotiate with a senior Corporate Affairs Ministry official for not recommending the matter to Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) for probe against his company.
 
The investigating agency has also alleged that Corporate Affairs Ministry officer Bansal was dealing with the violations by Elder Pharmaceuticals.
 
The court observed that Saxena's role is direct, as he was the beneficiary from the alleged offence.
 
Key accused B.K. Bansal and and his 31-year-old son Yogesh committed suicide on September 27, 2016, by hanging themselves at their house in east Delhi. His wife Satyabala, 57, and daughter Neha, 27, committed suicide on July 19 last year.
 
Bansal, an Additional Secretary-rank Director General in the ministry, was arrested by the CBI on bribery charges on July 16. Later, he was granted bail.
 
He was accused of receiving Rs9 lakh from Mumbai-based Elder Pharmaceuticals.
 
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Note ban hit microfinance loans in Q3 by 26%: MFIN
The Indian microfinance industry recorded a drop of 26% in the number of loans disbursed and a 16% decline in loan amounts disbursed during the third quarter ended December, as compared to the corresponding quarter of the last fiscal, the Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) said on Thursday.
 
"The pulling out of the High-Value Currency Notes (HCVNs) from circulation significantly impacted the microfinance sector, which is 99 per cent cash-driven," MFIN -- the self-regulatory body of the Reserve Bank-regulated non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) and microfinance institutions (MFIs) -- said in a release here.
 
"The decrease on both disbursement and collection is due to the impact on industry post discontinuance of Rs500 and Rs1,000 notes," it said.
 
"Post the discontinuation of HCVNs with effect from midnight of 8th November, the industry was thrown out of gear initially," said MFIN Chief Executive Ratna Vishwanathan.
 
"During the whole two months post discontinuing of High-Value Currency Notes, MFIN has had to engage with state governments, at both the ministerial level as well as the bureaucracy, the RBI and extensively with the press, to quell the surge of disinformation with reference to microfinance practices," she added.
 
According to the body, loans disbursed during the third quarter ended December amounted to Rs12,424 crore, as compared to Rs14,707 crore disbursed during the same quarter last year.
 
However, the microfinance industry grew by 53% year-on-year during the quarter in consideration, the statement said.
 
The aggregate gross loan portfolio of microfinance institutions stood at Rs56,634 crore in the quarter ended December 2016, as compared to Rs36,912 crore in the same quarter of the previous year.
 
The MFIN also said that 56% of total disbursements during the quarter came from five states -- Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Odisha and Bihar.
 
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