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BCI moves plea urging SC to direct Govt to provide interest-free loans up to Rs 3 lakhs each for lawyers in need due to COVID-19

The writ petition filed under Article 32 states that the "prolonged closure of the courts and tribunals all over the country has resulted in depriving the majority of the advocates their only source of income."

Debayan Roy

The Bar Council of India (BCI) has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court drawing the attention of the top Court to the "precarious financial position" of lawyers affected due to the closure of courts amid COVID-19 pandemic (Bar Council of India vs Union of India & anr).

The plea filed through Advocate SN Bhat urges the Court for directions to the Government authorities so that loans up to Rs 3 lakhs can be given to lawyers "repayable by the advocate concerned at least 12 months after the normal functioning of the courts begins in reasonable instalments."

The writ petition filed under Article 32 states that the "prolonged closure of the courts and tribunals all over the country since March 2020 due to the lock-down" has resulted in depriving the majority of the advocates their only source of income.

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