Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh government would now contest court cases for the poor, provided the government should not be a party in it. Chief Minister Mayawati made this announcement on Thursday on the occasion of 120th anniversary of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar.

Announcing free legal aid to the BPL (below poverty line) card holders and beneficiaries of Mukhyamantri Mahamaya Gareeb Arthik Madad Yojna, the Chief Minister said, “The poor will be provided with public prosecutor who would contest cases without charging them any fee.”

On the occasion, Mayawati announced hosts of schemes like Rs 500 crore for a new building of Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court and Rs 60 crore for the board of trustees for insurance of lawyers, pension to their widows and library and computer facilities in bar councils. She has also sanctioned an additional fund of Rs 50 crore for the construction of library for the high court judges.

Claiming to have respected the lawyers always, Mayawati said, “BSP-ruled government has never overlooked the genuine demands of the lawyers. Previous governments misled the lawyers. They had announced a host of schemes for advocates but no budgetary provision was made for the same. It is for this reason that the construction of a new building of the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court has been pending for long.”