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22,000 Lawyers Applied For Financial Help, BCI Not Responding On Application Seeking Permission For Disbursing The Amount: WB Bar Council Tells HC

MEHAL JAIN
20 May 2020 3:39 PM GMT
22,000 Lawyers Applied For Financial Help, BCI Not Responding On Application Seeking Permission For Disbursing The Amount: WB Bar Council Tells HC
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The Calcutta High Court was informed by the West Bengal Bar Council on Tuesday that amidst the lockdown, about 22000 applications for financial aid have been received from Advocates and the same are being processed.

The Chief Justice-led bench was told that the State Bar Council needs to obtain permission from the Bar Council of India before starting disbursement of such financial aid to Advocates.
"A letter has been written by the Bar Council of West Bengal to the Bar Council of India seeking such permission, but no response has been received till date to such letter by the State Bar Council", it was urged on behalf of the WB Bar Council.
The High Court on Tuesday also requested the Centre and the state of West Bengal to look into the issue of payment of the outstanding fees of the Government Advocates at the appropriate level.
A writ petitioner submitted before the Division Bench that huge amounts on account of lawyers' fees for rendering professional services are outstanding and payable by the State Government as well as Central Government to Advocates who represent these governments. It was urged that if such dues of the lawyers are cleared, the same shall mitigate the hardship of the Government Advocates to a great extent.
"Learned Advocate General representing the State Government and learned Advocate representing the Union of India, at our request, have assured us that they will look into the matter and discuss the issue of payment of the outstanding fees of the Government Advocates at the appropriate level", recorded the Court.
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