The Delhi Bar Association has written to the Delhi CM urging him to permit Advocates to commute from their residence to their offices, while strictly following prescribed norms of social distancing, in view of the exemption granted to self-employed persons under the lockdown guidelines.
The letter points out that under the relaxed guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, select additional activities will be allowed w.e.f. April 20, 2020. These include activities carried out by "Self Employed Persons" such as electricians, IT repairs, plumbers, motor mechanics, carpenters.
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The Association has urged that this list is merely "illustrative" and the intention of the notification is to permit "all the self-employed persons to resume activities", provided the norms of Social Distancing are strictly followed.
"Delhi Bar Association is of clear view that the office activities of Advocates limited to their office/chambers can be carried on and continued, while strictly following the prescribed norms of Social Distancing. As such, the office/Chamber activities of Advocates are covered under the relaxed guidelines and the same ought to be permitted, while observing social distancing norms," the Association urged.
In view thereof the Association has asked the government to issue necessary and appropriate instructions to the Police force and other concerned Authorities, to permit Advocates to commute from their residences to offices/chambers on verification of their I-cards.
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