The Supreme Court dismissed a petition which had been filed seeking for directions to the Government as well as the State Bar Councils to formulate a welfare scheme for lawyers who had been affected by the national lockdown imposed in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Filed by Advocate Abhinav Ramkrishna, the plea averred that the government was a mute spectator to the financial distress that lawyers were going through as due to lack of work, they were finding it difficult to sustain themselves. "The government, Bar Council of India and the State Bar Councils cannot be expected to be in a state of deep slumber or be insensitive towards the economic and mental hardship faced by lawyers, except the few who have achieved a milestone by dint of their hardwork and acumen". It was further contended that the financial scheme that had been announced by the Bar Council of India to provide financial assistance to lawyers had no purpose as the amount disbursed had been kept undecided. A Bench comprising of Justices Ashok Bhushan, SK Kaul and BR Gavai heard the matter and observed that the petition could not be filed under Article 32 of the Constitution of India as there was no violation of fundamental rights for which the said Article is invoked. Accordingly, the petition was dismissed of
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