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The Office bearers of the Advocates' Association Bengaluru (AAB) recently met the Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and gave a representation, on behalf of all the practicing advocates in the state to release funds immediately for needy advocates affected due to COVID-19 Lockdown.
The representation submitted in this behalf noted that as all the Courts in the entire state were completely closed owing to the Covid-19 Lockdown, a number of lawyers were facing tremendous financial difficulties.
Addding on, it was stated that many advocates are in deep distress and financial difficulty to pay their rents and other expenses and some of them are even finding it difficult to make their daily needs meet.
The representation also cited the latest example of the Telangana Government wherein Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao announced a special package of Rs 25 crore for needy legal practitioners after receiving numerous representations asking for financial support.
In this backdrop, AAB has requested Chief Minister Yediyurappa to announce and immediately release the special financial package to the needy Advocates in the state.
Last week, the Karnataka High Court had refrained from passing any directions to the Central and state governments to release funds for the welfare of advocates enrolled with the Karnataka State Bar Council (KSBC) during the COVID-19 lockdown.
While dealing with the petition filed by Senior Advocate HC Shivaramu, which highlighted the pitiable condition of junior lawyers due to the closure of courts in the state, the High Court opined that utilization of the limited resources and funds by the Central and state governments is "ultimately a matter of policy".