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[Financial Aid for lawyers] AAB resolves to sit in Dharna on June 22 before Karnataka HC to protest State Govt inaction

Rintu Mariam Biju

It has been informed that the officers bearers of Advocates Association, Bengaluru (AAB) along with its Governing Council Members will sit in Dharna on June 22 before the Karnataka High Court, in protest against the inaction of State Government in disbursing funds to the needy advocates in the state.

It has further been clarified that the dharna will be observed while strictly adhering to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) norms.

Subsequently, the AAB delegation will submit a memorandum to the Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa as well.

This unanimous decision was taken on June 16, via a virtual meeting, by the officer bearers of AAB along with other Bar Associations of Karnataka State in order to chalk out the future course of action.

The following resolutions were adopted in the meeting:

  • Office-bearers of other Bar Associations along with its Members will sit in Dharna on June 22 before the respective Deputy Commissioners office/Tahsildar office, in protest against the inaction of State Government.

  • Subsequently, a delegation will be submitted a memorandum to the respective Deputy Commissioner/ Tahsildar.

  • To pressurize Karnataka State Bar Council (KSBC) to bring the necessary amendment to Section 16 of Karnataka Advocates Welfare Fund Act to help all the Advocates in distress due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Lockdown.

  • To demand the State Government to announce and release Rs 50 Crores in Special Financial Package to all Advocates of Karnataka State immediately.

  • To urge the Central Government to extend the Health Insurance facility to all the Advocates of India immediately.

  • To insist Central Government to issue necessary directions/orders to all the Nationalised Banks to sanction interest-free loans up to Rs.5,00,000 (five lakh) for all Advocates immediately.

Earlier this week, the Advocates Association, Bangalore (AAB) had 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.

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