State Congress’ ‘political vendetta’ helpline gets complaint against nagging wife, traffic challan
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My wife nags me, can you please come to my rescue?
Three members in my family are unemployed, can you please recruit them?
My scooter has been challaned wrongly for jumping the red light"
The tollfree helpline of the Punjab Congress offering free legal aid to party workers facing "political vendetta" kept ringing on day one of its launch in Amritrsar district with complaints like these and more.
According to party's legal cell, more than 700 calls were received on the 24-hour helpline till late evening, most welcoming the service. Some callers from Ludhiana wanted to know when is the helpline being launched in their district while a few complained that the police is not registering FIR on their complaint.
State Congress legal cell co-chairman Jaiveer Shergill, who conceived the project, said they cannot prevent frivolous calls but the software would automatically record all calls, which will be filtered for genuine cases of "vendetta".
"Political vendetta is a reality in Punjab and the aim of PCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa is to assure workers that they can knock on the party's door if they are being implicating in false cases. A summary of all the calls will be made at end of the day and only those which appear to be cases of political vendetta will be sent to the District Congress Committee president to verify if the caller is a Congress worker. Once verified, the DCC president will engage a lawyer from the panel of 25 to fight the case," Shergill said.
The call data will be reviewed after two weeks and the party may hold a legal camp to address genuine complaints. The 25 lawyers on the panel are affiliated to the Congress and have offered their services for free. Since free legal aid will be provided only for criminal cases, no payment of court fee has to be made.
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