Advocates Association Bangalore and CJ Oka
Advocates Association Bangalore and CJ Oka

You are the Karta of this family of Lawyers: AAB writes to Karnataka HC CJ Abhay Oka seeking financial aid for lawyers amid COVID-19 crisis

Rintu Mariam Biju

The Advocates Association, Bangalore (AAB) has addressed a letter to the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, Abhay S Oka highlighting the deplorable condition of lawyers in the state owing to the closure of Courts amid COVID-19 pandemic.

The letter states that many lawyers are unable to afford timely meals and this had even prompted one lawyer in the state to take his own life.

Through a donation drive, AAB had managed to pay a sum of Rs 5,000 to 700 lawyers who were struggling to make ends meet, it was informed.

However, as this amount was not adequate for their sustenance, a representation was made to the Central and the State government to provide financial aid to lawyers, which is yet to yield any response.

As such, the AAB has now requested Chief Justice Oka to look into the financial difficulties being faced by lawyers during this unstable period. The letter states,

"The governments have not budged and it is private persons such as senior counsels and lawyers who have come forward to help. Sir, in our moment of crisis, we have no one other than the head of this great institution of the judiciary to which every member of the Bar belongs to look up to. You are the Karta of this family of Lawyers and Judges and it is you who all of us believe can save the lawyers from starvation."

Read the letter:

AAB to CJ Oka - lawyers' financial assistance.pdf
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