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No Discrimination Against Lawyers If they are not allowed Travel by Local Train; State Tells Bombay HC [READ AFFIDAVIT]

Lawstreet Journal 24 Jul 2020 8:37pm

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The state government has submitted in an affidavit to the Bombay High Court that lawyers cannot sue for discrimination if they are not permitted to ride in local trains and buses unlike staff of the advocate general's office or government pleader's office workers.

Petitioners argued that lawyers in various courts in Mumbai and suburbs are barred from local train traffic because their practice is not included in the list of critical services specified in the circular issued by the office of the Divisional Railway Manager.

Asserting that the said PIL is not maintainable and tenable in law, the 19-page affidavit states-

"So far as Mumbai and MMR region is concerned, at least with effect from June 4, 2020, there are no travel restrictions in place preventing traveling in a single-vehicle and following precautionary measures such as wearing masks, etc. Resultantly I say that the advocates can travel by private vehicle if they either want to visit their offices or visit any court premises for attending the hearing or for the purpose of filing matters, physical or otherwise.

I, therefore, say that, thus, and all the advocates can carry on their profession and there is no restriction on it, much less unreasonable restrictions and certainly not a total ban or prohibition. I say that the state government has not imposed any hindrance in carrying on the legal profession by advocates. I thus say that neither any fundamental right nor any legal right of the petitioners are being infringed so as to give rise to filing… Continue Reading...

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