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TWENTY YEARS OF THE
SARIN MEMORIAL LEGAL – AID FOUNDATION
The inspiration for establishing this foundation stemmed from the life and times of Mr. Harbans Lal Sarin, Sr. Advocate, who was born on Feb.1,1910 and acquired immense knowledge of law; Rent Control laws in practiced law most earnestly, actively, and dedicatedly just as his countless clients expected from him, from 1932 till the last of his life, to wit February 10, 1993. He was a lawyer with exceptional in – depth knowledge of law and of ever – helpful disposition, and for him his clients’ welfare took precedence over everything else. It is also dedicated to his equally capable son, Mr. Ranjit Lal Sarin, Advocate, who during his rather short span as a member of the bar left an indelible of his affability and legal acumen in the minds of his friends and acquaintances. To perpetuate their memory and to extend legal aid to the masses the Sarin Memorial Legal – Aid Foundation was founded in October, 1995; Mr. Manmohan Lal Sarin, Sr. Advocate, was its founder trustee. The Sarin Foundation was inaugurated by Mr. Justice (Rtd.) Kuldip Singh of the Supreme Court of India, better known as the Green Judge for his commitment for matters and cases relating to our environment. The then Governor of Punjab, Lt Gen. (Rtd.) B.K.N. Chibber, and the then Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr. Harcharan Singh Brar too graced This momentous occassion.
Objectives of the foundation
In consonance with the Foundation’s objectives, legal experts of the Foundation have been helping numerous needy litigants in their quest for relief and justice by becoming their amicus curiae. One such case relates to a Civil Writ Petition titled H.K. Puri versus The State of Haryana where our Foundation was an amicus curiae for the petitioner, Mr. H.K. Puri, who lost his 26 years old son in an unfortunate road accident. The Foundation filed a Writ Petition in his behalf for getting some relief to the unfortunate petitioner and to take measures to prevent such occurrences in the future. The writ petition is still pending in the High Court, but it has brought some vital changes in the process of accountability of proper construction and maintenance of highways and roads. The High Court has been monitoring the six- laning of this road, i.e. National Higway No.1. Taking note of this Foundation’s submission, the High Court has guidelines about the regulation of the traffic, about creating awareness of the rules of traffic, and about providing aid in case of any mishap. This case is a prominent example of the benefits of Public Interest Litigation of which this foundation is Memorial lectures and seminars.
The Foundation has held several Memorial Lectures and Seminars. The first Memorial Lecture on “Legal Education; Past – Present – Future” was delivered by Mr. Justice A.S. Anand, the former A seminar on “India & Alternative Dispute Resolution” was organized with Association International Des Avocats (AIJA) in the august presence of Mr. Justice B.N. Kirpal, former Chief Justic of India, Mr. Justic Sam Variava, a judge of the Supreme Court of India, Chief Justice A.B. Saharya of the Punjab & Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, and Mr. Justice S.S. Sodhi, the former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court. These Memorial Lectures and Seminars create awareness about people’s legal rights and duties so that justice prevails in our society.
The foundation and its trustees are well aware about the importance of blood donation in modern day life and are deeply committed to the “Safe Blood Movement” in our country. The Foundation through its founding trustee, Mr. Manmohan Lal Sarin, Sr. Advicate, helped a socirty, Common Cause to file a writ petition in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India for imposing a ban on buying and selling of blood in India. The Hon’ble Supreme Court pronounced a judgment in the favour of the petitioner, and banned the buying and selling of blood. The Foundation brought about a booklet titled “Blood Transfusion Services in India” and distributed it free cost throughout India. In 2003 the Foundation published another comprehensive booklet title “Blood Bankers’ Legal Handbook”. Mr. M.L. Sarin, Sr. Advocate, and Mr. Harpreet Singh Giani, Bar-at-Law, worked tirelessly and devoted theirlegal acumen and other resources for compiling this book so that the donor and the recipient could rest assured about the purity of blood and legality of processes followed by a Blood Bank. Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, the then Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, released this book. Once Again the book was distributed free of cost in India and abroad for helping deserving and genuine people in setting up blood banks according to legal parameters and in promoting the cause of voluntary blood donation.
The Sarin Foundation has also sponsored a book called “The Doctrine of Sentence Structure” to educate students of law any young lawyers in drafting legal document and pleading which shall be of immense help to lawyers throughout the country. The text has been prepared by Mr. Indu Seminars and workshops on voluntary blood donation.
The Sarin Foundation sponsored a two day Conference organized by the Federation of Blood Donors Organization of India (FBDOI) held in Chandigarh on April 24 & 25. 2010. There was participation from experts and volunteers in the field of Voluntary Blood Donation from across the country. The Conference concluded by passing a resolution to ensure safe blood everyone. The theme of the Conference was “Target 100 % Voluntary Blood Donors”. After the Conference, the delegates went to the Sukhna Lake and walked with red- umbrellas to propagate the message of safe blood. A wonderful sight indeed.
In 2013, the Foundation was approached by the Blood Bank Society with a request to sponsor an ALL India meet to discuss the ways and means of eradicating thalassemia from our country. The Chief Guest was the Chief Election Commissioner of India, Dr. S.Y. Quraishi, while the same was Inaugurated by the film personality and a great supporter of the Voluntary Blood Donation Movement, Mrs. Kirron Kher, who is now the elected Representative to Parliament of India form Chandigarh. The proposals made of testing young persons who could be carries of thalassemia have been implemented in some parts of the country and slowly should cover the whole nation. It is only by carrying –out the blood tests that the birth of new thalassemic babies can be prevented. The Seminar was co-sponsored by Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation.
The Foundation has also supported and sponsored a number of blood donation camps at the High Scholarships. The name of a Scheduled Caste student, Mr. Sahil Dhal, who was admitted to studying Computer Science Engineering was struck- off the rolls of the college due to non- payment of fee. He approached the High Court by way of a petition which was listed before the Bench presided over by them Acting Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court, Mr. Justice Ranjan Gogoi. When His Lordship discovered that young man was not in a position to pay the fee, he sent Mr. M.L. Sarin and observed “we would like this young man to complete his studies. I am sure the Sarin Foundation can help”. The Sarin Foundation paid the remaining tuition fee of approximately Rs. 2.5 lakhs and Sahil Dhal could complete his course in Computer Science Engineering. The said fact was judicially noticed by another Bench consisting of Mr. Justice M.M. Kumar and Mr. Justice Alok Singh while passing the order on May 7, 2012 by observing:-
“A benevolent solution was found by this Court to rescue the petitioner from financial predicament. Sarin Foundation came forward to bear the burden of fee in respect of Mr. Sahil Dhal, who was admitted in Computer Science Engineering Brance of Matu ram Institute of Engineering and Management, Rohtak, in the year 2009. His name was struck off from the roll of the Institute on account of non – payment of fee as he had paid the fee for first semester only. On the willingness shown by the Sarin Foundation to give financial support to the petitioner, a schedule of payment by Matu Ram institute of Engineering and Management, Rohtak, was handed over to Mr. M.L. Sarin , mark ‘A’. Already fee for 2nd , 3rd and 4th semester stands paid. A demand draft for a sum of Rs. 33,000/- to pay the fee of Rs. 32,716/- in respect of the 5th semester has been handed over to Mr. Anurag Goyal, Learned counsel for the Matu Ram Institute; and Mr. Nitin Sarin, learned counsel representing the Sarin Foundation, has stated that rest of the three instalments shall also be paid as per the schedule. He has further stated that it would serve the object of the Foundation if the Matu Ram Institute may keep on sending the report in respect of Mr. Sahil Dhal that he has been attending the classes and has not abandoned the course in An extraordinary solution to a common problem was adopted by the High Court. Sahil Dhal is a computer engineer today and teaching many others.
An NRI, Dr. Mohinder Partap Sambhi, who was born in district Ludhiana and migrated to the United States in 1954-55, is a globally known expert in the field of hypertension. He expressed his desire to start an Endowed Chair-cum- Clinic in Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana (DMC) which had been set-up in the 1930s with the help of his late father, Dr. Madho Ram sambhi, and he was willing to contribute 1 million USD to support the same. To ensure the proper utilization of the endowment, a tripartite agreement was signed between DMC, Dr. Mohinder Partap Sambhi and the Sarin Foundation whereunder the sum of 1 million USD would come to the Sarin Foundation which in Turn will forward the interest on the same every year to DMC for running the “Dr. Mohinder P. Sambhi- DMC&H Hypertension Chair- Cum- Clinic” for hypertension. The inauguration of the Endowed Chair- Cum-Clinic was done by Mr. Anupam Kher, a Trustee of the Sarin Foundation on April 4, 2014 in the presence of Mr. Sunil Munjal, an Industrialist belonging to the Hero Group and President of DMC and was very well attended by other dignatories. The event was very widely covered in the press and is a trendsetter in encouraging NRIs to donate money to Colleges, Universities and Hospitals in India to carry- out research.