The Karnataka High court has suggested to the Karnataka State Bar Council to hold meetings through video conference with the petitioners as well as with the chair persons/presidents of Taluk and District Bar Associations to resolve the issue faced by junior members of the Bar.
A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice B V Nagarathna gave the direction while hearing a plea filed Advocate H C Shivaramu, who is the Former Chairman of Karnataka State Bar Council, has sought release of Rs 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 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 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.
On the previous hearing the court called upon the Bar Council Of India To Inform On Possible Relief Measures For Needy Advocates suffering from lack of income. The plea will be heard on May 5.