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The letter states that COVID-19 has brought unprecedented troubled times, which severely impacted the spending capacity of lawyers.
The Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA) has written to the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Justice DN Patel seeking directions to waive off chamber licence fee and minimum electricity charges payable for connection at the lawyers chambers in the High Court.
In its letter dated July 4, DHCBA has stated that ever since March 23, 2020, the chambers allotted to the members of the Association have remained unused due to COVID-19.
Although the chambers were permitted to be opened by the High Court in a phased manner, it is matter of record that the attendance has remained negligible, it is stated.
It is DHCBA's concern that in spite of the above situation and the fact that practically no electricity has been consumed, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has continued charge the minimum electricity charges in respect of the chambers.
DHCBA has thus urged Chief Justice DN Patel to direct NDMC to waive off/withdraw the minimum electricity charges levied in respect of the lawyers chambers with effect from March 24 till the time normalcy is restored.
Request is also made to waive off chamber licence fee payable by the allottee lawyers.
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