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SUPREME COURT ACCEPTS LAWYER’S OFFER TO DEPOSIT RS 25 Lakhs TO COVER THE MIGRANT EXPENSES FROM MUMBAI TO U.P

Team SoOLEGAL 5 Jun 2020 3:11pm

SUPREME COURT ACCEPTS LAWYER’S OFFER TO DEPOSIT RS 25 Lakhs TO COVER THE MIGRANT EXPENSES FROM MUMBAI TO U.P

On Thursday, 4 thJune,2020 , the Supreme Court has accepted a request from a Mumbai-based lawyer to pay Rs. 25 lakhs for migrant workers' travel, and directed him to do so within a week.

A bench comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice SK Kaul and Justice MR Shah directed Advocate Sagheer Ahmed to deposit the amount of money with the Registry of the Supreme Court on behalf of the Secretary General after offering to pay rail expenses for migrant workers from Mumbai to Sant Kabir Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh.

The petitioner appeared via video conference and told the Bench of judges about his bona fide concern for migrant workers.

When asked why he did not just give the money to the PM CARES fund, the Petitioner claimed his hesitation in doing so, and chose to use his money to send migrants home for the rail fare.

“If you like, then you can pay the sum in this Court's Register”, Justice Bhushan said, accepting his offer to directly assist migrant workers travelling to their UP native location.

Justice Bhushan said “The petitioner is willing to deposit Rs 25 lakh with the Registry. This amount can be utilised for these migrant labourers, who wish to go homes to UP.”

The Apex Court had asked the Centre, together with UP and Maharashtra, to file their responses during the previous hearing on this matter on May 15.

Specifically, Ahmed's plea sought guidance from the government to ensure safe transportation of migrant workers from Mumbai to their respective hometowns during the COVID-19 lockdown. In this light the Supreme Court had requested a report on the measures from the States concerned.

The attorney had agreed to contribute Rs. 25 lakh to the rail travel costs of migrants belonging to Basti and Sant Kabir Nagar Districts regardless of caste, sex or religion.

The matter was then listed for further hearing on 12 June.



Tagged: JusticeAshokBhushan   JusticeSKKaul   JusticeMRShah   AdvocateSagheerAhmed   Supreme Court   migrant workers   videoconference   COVID19   lockdown  
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