Pune DLSA gets first woman secretary

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Chaitraly Deshmukh Tajane

Pune

Mangal Deepak Kashyap has been appointed as the secretary of District Legal Services Authority (DLSA). This is first time that a woman has been appointed to this post and congratulations have been pouring it for Kashyap, who has more than 15 years of experience in the judiciary. She took charge on June 8th, 2022.

Kashyap holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce, LLB, master’s degree in law and a diploma in cyber law. She is currently pursuing Ph.D. from Savitribai Phule Pune University in arbitration law. Hailing from Aurangabad, she cracked the Judicial Magistrate First Class examination and was posted in Ahmednagar in 2007. She was later posted in Buldana. She has also worked as an Assistant Charity Commissioner in the Mumbai Charity Commissioner’s Office. She was promoted as a Civil Judge Senior Division and Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate in 2018 at Parbhani.

Mangal Deepak Kashyap will be heading the DLSA office under the leadership of the city’s Principal District and Session Judge Sanjay Deshmukh

Principal District Judge Deshmukh congratulated her and also stated that her appointment will lead to women empowerment, issues will be addressed sensitively and tackled better by a female judicial officer.

Speaking to the Pune Pulse, Kashyap, DLSA, Pune Secretary said, “I wanted to work for women empowerment and to also create literacy awareness among citizens, which has been mentioned under the Indian Constitution. I want to follow the various schemes that has been laid down by NALSA and Maharashtra State Legal Services Authority. Along with this, I want to actively engage Law College students to be part of this mission.”

She assed, “I want to lay more emphasis on the motto of Access to Justice and Justice to Doorstep. With help of Law Students, we can get first hand experiences along with practical exposure during their academic courses so that they are trained professionally. I want to cater to the citizens’ needs. Their grievances and issues will be addressed by me. I also wish for people to understand the importance of Alternative Dispute Resolution so as to help reduce the pendency rate in the Courts.”

DLSA, which aims to provide free Legal Aid and march on the motto of ‘Access to Justice’ is led by National Legal Services Authority (NALSA). DLSA first started its separate office in Pune in the year 2009 at Shivajinagar district and sessions Court. It has been working to cater and aid the citizens who need legal assistance.