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Permit advocates to commute from their residence to chambers: Delhi Bar Association President writes to CM, Police Commissioner

Bar President has written that as per the MHA guidelines, all self-employed persons, including advocates, are allowed to resume activities, provided norms of social distancing are strictly followed.

Aditi Singh

President of Delhi Bar Association, Advocate Sanjeev Nasiar has written to the Delhi Chief Minister and the Commissioner of Police, Delhi to permit advocates to commute from their residence to office/chambers on verification of their identity cards during the lockdown.

Referring to the relaxed guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, which would come be allowed with effect from April 20, the Bar President has stated,

"In para 14(xi) of the said Notification/Revised Guidelines, specific and categorical provision has been made, allowing the "Self Employed Persons" such as electricians, IT repairs, plumbers, motor mechanics, carpenters, to carry out their activities. This list is only illustrative ad not exhaustive."

The Bar President has written that the intention of the notification and relaxation is to permit all self-employed persons, including advocates, to resume activities, provided norms of social distancing are strictly followed.

Delhi Bar Association is of clear view that the office activities of Advocates limited to their office/chambers can be carried on and continued, while striclty following the prescribed norms of social distancing. As such, the office/chamber activities of Advocates are covered under the relaxed guidelines and the same ought to be permitted, while observing social distancing norms.
Delhi Bar Association

The Bar President has thus requested for necessary and appropriate instructions to permit advocates to commute from their residence to office/chambers on verification of their identity cards.

Yesterday, Gujarat High Court Advocates' Association President had also addressed a representation to Gujarat's Director General of Police, urging that instructions be issued to allow the movement of advocates during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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