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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,