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PIL demanding Financial Relief for Lawyers and Rent Waiver Declined by the Supreme Court

Lawstreet Journal 14 May 2020 1:30am

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A PIL filed by advocates suffering financial losses due to the lockdown for granting relief in payment of chambers rent was declined by the Supreme Court on Thursday. The apex court also refused to issue any directions or guidelines on the plea for creating a financial emergency fund for lawyers. 

The bench presided by Chief Justice SA Bobde told a senior advocate making the above request, “Tomorrow engineers will come, architects will come. How can we give special dispensation to lawyers? This is unreasonable for us to do so. There may be old ladies, aged persons as landlords. How can we say this?”

Appearing on behalf of the Supreme Court Bar Association Senior Advocate Kailash Vasdev stated, “We are not saying that rent for lawyer’s chambers should not be charged. It should not be made a ground for eviction during the lockdown.” The bench in refuting the arguments advances elucidated, “We are not going to enter into this issue. You are not entitled to any special consideration.”

The direction to the Bar Council of India for the creation of a financial emergency fund for practicing advocates was sought by a PIL by Pawan Prakash Pathak. He stated that the Calcutta, Jharkhand, and Allahabad High Courts have also taken upon this issue. Since courts are shut, independent advocates have no source of income. 

A bench presided over by Justice N V Ramana further stated, “We can’t create a special category for lawyers when, unfortunately, the whole country is facing a difficult situation. Let the BCI… Continue Reading...

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