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Andhra Pradesh HC asks: “Can Government Grant for Advocates’ welfare be disbursed as loans imposing conditions of interest repayment?”

Team SoOLEGAL 31 Aug 2020 4:21pm

Andhra Pradesh HC asks: “Can Government Grant for Advocates’ welfare be disbursed as loans imposing conditions of interest repayment?”

A special committee directed by Andhra Pradesh  HC and headed by Advocate General established for the payment of the State Government grant of Rs. 25 crores for the betterment of lawyer community to consider whether such sum can be circulated by method of advance, forcing interest and furthermore reimbursement.

 

Justice NinalaJayasuryawas hearing a writ petition by Advocate Syed Ziauddin questioning the working of The Bar Council of Andhra Pradesh considering to give advances to the needy lawyers out of the sum released by the state government with reimbursement and intrigue condition as illicit and arbitrary.

 

Single judge bench noted that Andhra Pradesh government had announced a grant of Rs.100 crore for the betterment of lawyer community, out of the said sum Rs.25 crore had been delivered. To distribute the said sum, a special committee was established under the chairmanship of the Advocate General. The committee decided to provide health insurance and loan facilities to the advocates who need them. most.

The petitioner stated that the said proceedings are contradictory to Section 6(2)of Advocates Act and also to the GO dated July 8. The Act itself states that the council shall provide assistance and not loans and it is urged that in case of assistance there should not be any repayment.

 

It was further stated that on 08.07.2020 the grant was released by the Government through a GO. The GO, issued regarding arrival of Rs.25 crores towards Trust for Welfare of Lawyers, stating: The said amount shall be utilized for the welfare of the needy Advocates chose by the board under the Chairmanship of Advocate General, High Court.

 

The petitioner further stated that the grant for loan on the payment of interest is not fair or grants any benefit to the advocate community, that too in the current pandemic situation as lawyers are put to a lot of sufferance.

 

The bench noted that the petitioner has presented a portrayal to the council to not impose the internet on loan that is to be granted to the needy advocates, and that without thinking about the said portrayal, the Bar Council is continuing to handle the advance applications.

 

As the portrayal dated 10th August is expressed to have been made to the Bar Council, the Bar Council is coordinated to put the equivalent before the Special Committee comprised under the chairmanship of the Advocate General with the end goal of dispensing of the sum”, requested the High Court, including that it will be for the said Committee to make reasonable proceed onward the portrayal made by the solicitor and the equal will be considered by the extraordinary committee as rapidly as possible inside a period of around fourteen days.



Tagged: Andhra Pradesh HC   Advocate General   State Government   Justice NinalaJayasurya   Advocate Syed Ziauddin   Bar Council   High Court   pandemic  
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