The Karnataka High Court has called upon the Bar Council of India, Karnataka State Bar Council, Bar Council of India Advocate Welfare Fund Committee and Karnataka Advocates Welfare Fund Trustee Committee to make a statement before the court on April 28, in what manner relief can be extended to needy advocates suffering from lack of income.
A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice B V Nagarathna directed the petitioner Advocate H C Shivaramu, who is the Former Chairman of Karnataka State Bar Council to serve notice to the respondents by email calling upon them to appear before the court for video conferencing hearing.
The petitioner has argued that though advocates are considered as an "elite" group in the society, there are many who are dependent on daily income but they are deprived of it at present as courts are closed. The plea sought release of ₹50,000 each to the needy advocates as ex gratia from the BCI Advocates' Welfare Fund and the KSBC Advocates' Welfare Fund under "the scheme for financial assistance to indigent and disabled advocates" of the BCI.
The plea also mentions that Delhi Government has sanctioned Rs 50 crore to the Delhi Bar Council for offering assistance to the needy advocates. Thus a similar direction be issued to the State and Union Government to grant Rs 50 crore each to the Karnataka State Bar Council Welfare Fund.
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