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DHCBA finalises scheme for creation of fund to help Clerk Association; Delhi HC hopes for generous donation from Bar

The fund shall be built on the contributions from members of the Bar Association.

Aditi Singh

The Delhi High Court Bar Association has finalised a scheme for the creation of a fund to help the High Court's Clerk Association during the pandemic. (Delhi High Court Bar Clerks' Association vs UOI & Ors)

The fund shall be built on the contributions from the members of the Bar Association.

The statement was made by Senior Advocate Mohit Mathur President, DHCBA before a single Judge Bench of Justice Rekha Palli.

The development came pursuant to a petition by Delhi High Court Bar Clerks' Association seeking the creation of a Rs 5 crore fund for the welfare of its members, as to ensure their survival during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Petitioner Association is a registered association which is duly recognised by DHCBA and has 3,500 members.

As per the scheme proposed by DHCBA, a separate bank account would be created to receive all the donations.

This bank account would be operated by office bearers of the Petitioner Association, subject to the supervision of two members of DHCBA, i.e. Advocate Mohit Gupta, Treasurer and Advocate Nagender Banipal, Executive Member.

While disposing of the petition in view of the fund, Justice Rekha Palli hoped that members of the Bar will make generous contributions to the fund.

The petition is, accordingly, disposed of with liberty as prayed for and the hope that more members of the respondent association and civil society will empathise with the plight of the members of the petitioner association and feel compelled to contribute generously to the fund proposed to be set up. The Court appreciates the stand taken by respondent no.3 in the present matter as also for the generous contributions being made by its members to the Clerks’ Welfare fund.
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In the past hearings, the Court was informed that while former Additional Solicitor General and Senior Advocate Maninder Acharya had volunteered to donate a sum of Rs 2 lakhs, Advocates Rishi Agarwala and Jayant Mehta volunteered to donate sums of Rs 3 lakhs and 1 lakh respectively to the fund, as and when it is created.

Senior Advocates Mathur and Dayan Krishnan also pledged Rs 2 lakh to the fund. Senior Advocate Inder Singh Alag, volunteered to donate a sum of Rs 1 lakh.

Petitioner was represented by Senior Advocates Inderbir Singh Alag, Kiriti Uppal with Advocates N.K. Aggarwal, Nupur Sachdeva, Sanjana Antil, Yogita Sunaria, Vismaya Bansal, Shreya Mittal, Atul Tanwar, Devkinandan Mittal.

Read the Order:

DelhiHC Bar Clerks' Association vs UOI - final order.pdf
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