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The Advocates Association, Bengaluru (AAB) has today informed the Karnataka High Court that a committee headed by Senior Advocate DLN Rao has been constituted in order to collect funds from the advocates for the benefit of distressed Advocates' Clerks amid COVID-19.
This committee along with the officer bearers of AAB have started collection of funds for the Advocates' Clerks, Advocate Anil Kumar further stated.
Taking note of these developments, a Division of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Vishwajith Shetty orally remarked,
"Good, now steps are being taken in the right direction."
When asked whether any amount has been collected so far, Kumar informed that a contribution of 2.5 Lakhs has been assured by certain Advocates. Other efforts are also being made to collect more funds, he added.
Further, the Court also observed that certain state governments had undertaken to help needy advocates and advocate clerks.
In this regard, the bench directed AAG Dhyan Chinnappa to place on record the stand of the state government in providing financial relief to the disadvantaged Advocate clerks in the State.
This move comes after the Court had earlier expressed its displeasure over the failure of the Karnataka State Bar Council (KSBC) and Advocates Association, Bengaluru (AAB) in raising funds for Advocates' Clerks in financial distress amid the COVID-19 lockdown.
A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice S Vishwajith Shetty had orally observed,
"...We don't believe that senior members of the Bar in the city will not contribute. That's what we have said in the last order. But there is no effort made.....Through the Advocate General, we (the Bench) will make a request to the senior members to appear before the Court and we will make an appeal to them..."
The matter will be next heard on June 12.