21 April 2020 2:05 PM GMT
The Allahabad High Court on Monday constituted a Monitoring Committee consisting of various office bearers of the HCBA to oversee the disbursement of financial assistance to the Advocates in need. The order was passed by a division bench led by Chief Justice Govind Mathur while hearing a suo moto case on the issue of financially weak Advocates. The court has ordered that Committee...
The Allahabad High Court on Monday constituted a Monitoring Committee consisting of various office bearers of the HCBA to oversee the disbursement of financial assistance to the Advocates in need.
The order was passed by a division bench led by Chief Justice Govind Mathur while hearing a suo moto case on the issue of financially weak Advocates.
The court has ordered that Committee will act as an interlocutory body to frame a complete scheme and operate the accounts of the Association for the purpose of grant of aid to the members.
The bench also comprised by Justice Siddhartha Varma further ordered the Trustees Committee under the Uttar Pradesh Advocates Welfare Fund Act, 1974 to convene a meeting at the earliest so as to devise a scheme to provide assistance to the needy Advocates, who are deleteriously affected due to COVID-19 lockdown.
The direction was made after Senior Advocate BK Srivastava pointed out that functioning of the Trustees' Committee, responsible for providing assistance to lawyers under the UP Advocates Welfare Fund Act on behalf of the State, was "not satosfactpry".
The court thus ordered:
Inter alia, the court ordered:
"The Awadh Bar Association, Lucknow has already framed a complete scheme for extending help to the needy Advocates. The Association shall make its best efforts to execute the scheme at earliest as far as possible within a period of one week from today.
The Registrar General of this Court is directed to initiate the process of registering Advocate Clerks in accordance with the Allahabad High Court Advocates Clerks (Registration of Advocates Clerks) Rules, 1997 forthwith.
We would also like to request all the designated Senior Advocates and the Advocates in the State of Uttar Pradesh having adequate resources to assist the Bar Associations to which they are members for extending a helping hand to the Advocate Clerks. 8. While parting with the case, we also deem it appropriate to request the State Government to examine viability to have an enactment for welfare of the registered Advocate Clerks working in different courts in the State of Uttar Pradesh."
As regards the measures taken by the Bar Council of India, the court was informed that it had already decided to provide financial assistance to each and every State Bar Councils in proportion to their strength of Advocates, subject to maximum grant of Rs.1 crore. Further, the Council had made an appeal to the Prime Minister to provide Rs.20,000/- as a minimum subsistence allowance per month to the Advocates, who are not financially well off.
During hearing, the bench also recorded that the hearing, conducted via Video Conferencing, was operational through 7 open windows from 7 different stations, five being at Prayagraj and one each at New Delhi and Lucknow.
The matter is now listed for May 5.
Case Title: In Re - Assistance To The Needy Advocates And Registered Advocate Clerks
Case No.: PIL 569/2020
Quorum: Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Siddhartha Varma
Appearance: Manan Mishra, Chairman, Bar Council of India; Senior Advocates Rakesh Pande, Amrendra Nath Singh, T.P. Singh, B.K. Srivastava
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