Bar Council of Delhi has written a letter to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, requesting him to release funds to the tune of ₹500 crores from the Contingency Fund of India as well as PM CARES Fund to mitigate the hardship faced by advocates in Delhi NCR region.
It is highlighted that the legal community in Delhi NCR area is facing severe financial crisis which warrants urgent assistance from the government.
While citing the media reports which state that an amount of ₹8000 crores is lying in the Contingency Fund of India, the letter requests the Prime Minister to utilise this amount in releasing funds for the assistance of lawyers as part of 'COVID19 relief'.
The letter goes on to state that despite the efforts of the Bar Council of Delhi, which has released around 8 crores for the relief of advocates, there are still many advocates who are suffering and are unable to sustain themselves.
Therefore, the Prime Minister is urged to utilise the funds lying in the Contingency Fund of India as well the PM CARES Fund to provide financial assistance to advocates as part of 'COVID19 relief'.
'The framers of the Constitution had visualised such emergent and disastrous situation and have provided a provision in the Constitution for such times in the form of the Contingency Fund', the letter indicates.