Bharti Enterprises in a statement issued on Monday said the lawyers from Nyaya Bharti have provided legal aid, filed bail applications and represented the undertrials in various Delhi Courts.
Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, launched the project in November 2015. Nyaya Bharti aims to provide legal assistance, aid and awareness to underprivileged undertrials across India.
Nyaya Bharti started its full operations to assist underprivileged under trials charged with minor offences, in April 2016. Nyaya Bharti helps undertrials by paying the bail and surety amounts in very deserving cases. Nyaya Bharti focuses on District Courts where criminal cases are initiated.
Telecom network operator Bharti Airtel is funding the project with an annual grant of Rs 10 crore with voluntary contribution of Rs 5 crore from Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman of Bharti Enterprises.
“With the release of the first set of underprivileged undertrials, we have made a beginning towards reaching out to and assisting the under trials who are languishing in jails for minor offences,” said Rakesh Bharti Mittal, co-chairman, Bharti Foundation.
The initiative, currently focused on Delhi NCR, aims to expand its presence to cover the entire North India through smaller regional offices.
Bharti Foundation is running over 250 village primary schools under its Satya Bharti School program and providing free education to over 50,000 children across six states.
The Foundation has committed up to Rs 100 crore to construct household toilets in rural areas of Ludhiana District in Punjab and constructed over 13,700 toilets in 600-plus villages.