[COVID-19] Allahabad HC directs BCI to release funds; directs Bar Council of UP to frame a scheme to disburse assistance in the meantime

The Bar Council of India
The Bar Council of India

In order to facilitate schemes to help needy advocates during the COVID-19 crisis, the Allahabad High Court has directed the Bar Council of India to release the funds allocated to the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh on or before April 27, 2020. (In Re - Assistance To The Needy Advocates And Registered Advocate Clerks)

In the meantime, the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh has been directed to frame a scheme to disburse assistance through the court attached Bar Associations.

Additionally, the Court has also directed the Trustees Committee constituted under the Uttar Pradesh Advocates Welfare Fund Act, 1974 to meet at the earliest to have a scheme to provide assistance and to subsequently, release the fund to all the court attached recognized Bar Associations in the State of Uttar Pradesh with specific direction to the Associations to further disburse the aid to members.

The Trustees Committee is further directed to consider and decide all the applications pending before it for disbursement of aid to the widows of Advocates and also to the other claimants, within a period of one month from today.

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