Allahabad High Court Provides Financial Assistance To Advocates Affected By COVID-19

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On Tuesday, the High Court of Allahabad appointed a Monitoring Committee to act as an interlocutory body to frame a complete scheme and operate the accounts of the association to grant financial aid to the advocates in need. It consisted of various office bearers of the High Court Bar Association. The said order was passed by a division bench while hearing a suo moto case relating to the issue of financially weak advocates.

The court has also further ordered the Trustee Committee under the Uttar Pradesh Advocates Welfare Act, 1974 to deliberate a scheme to help the needy advocates affected by the lockdown. The later has to be fulfilled by conducting a meeting by the committee members at its earliest.

After forming the scheme the Trustee Committee is also entitled to allocate funds required by different courts. Further, the Committee is to direct all the applications pending before it for disbursement of aid to the widows of Advocates and other claimants. The Bar Council of India, New Delhi shall release the funds to the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh at the earliest. The Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh will frame a scheme in the meantime to provide for the advocates in need.

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The Monitoring Committee shall consist of Sri Rakesh Pande, Senior Advocate and President, Allahabad High Court Bar Association, Sri Amrendra Nath Singh, Senior Advocate and designated President, Allahabad High Court Bar Association, Sri J.B. Singh, Advocate and General Secretary, Allahabad High Court Bar Association, Sri Prabha Shankar Mishra, Advocate and designated General Secretary, Allahabad High Court Bar Association, Sri V.P. Srivastava, Senior Advocate, Allahabad and Sri Vikash Chandra Tripathi, Chief Standing Counsel, Allahabad.

The committee is required to act as the interlocutory body operating on the accounts of the Association to grant aid to the members of the Allahabad High Court Bar Association. It will do so it will ensure fair and uniform grant of aid and shall also ensure that the accounts are maintained accordingly. The Registrar of the High Court can, however, allow the Committee members to open and use the office of Bar Association by maintaining “social distancing”.

The court hath also ordered that The Awadh Bar Association, Lucknow has already framed a complete scheme to help the Advocates in need. The Registrar General of this Court has to initiate the process of registering Advocate Clerks concerning the Allahabad High Court Advocates Clerks (Registration of Advocates Clerks) Rules, 1997. The designated senior advocates and the advocates in Uttar Pradesh having adequate resources are requested to assist the Bar Association.

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The Bar Council has already decided to provide financial assistance to every State Bar Council of India. The council has also appealed to the Prime Minister to provide minimum subsistence allowances to the Advocates every month.


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