Uttarakhand High Court at Nainital
Uttarakhand High Court at Nainital
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Plea in Uttarakhand High Court seeks subsistence allowance, waiver of rent and electricity bill etc. for Lawyers during COVID-19 Lockdown

The petition makes a case that “lawyers constitute a separate class of persons and are entitled to separate financial and other relief measures” from the state and the Bar Councils of India and Uttarakhand.

Debayan Roy

Even as the country enters into Day 4 of the extended COVID-19 lockdown, a writ petition for providing subsistence allowance for lawyers who are deprived of work since March 24 has been filed in the High Court of Uttarakhand at Nainital.

The plea has been filed by three lawyers practicing at the Uttarakhand High Court, Manmohan Kandwal, Anil Kumar Sharma and Mukesh Rawat, through Advocates Dr. Kartikey Hari Gupta, Pallavi Bahuguna and Vikas Bahuguna.

The petition makes a case that “lawyers constitute a separate class of persons and are entitled to separate financial and other relief measures” from the state government and the Bar Councils of India and Uttarakhand, respectively.

It states that “majority of lawyers do not have proper video conferencing facilities particularly internet connections having speed of minimum 2 MBPS” and, thus, they are unable to assist their clients through video conferencing in a proper manner.

There is a need that lawyers in district courts visiting jail, Magistrates or court for remand function or any other urgent function maybe allowed to reach their destination. Hence, maybe exempted from the restriction of movement imposed by the government or any other authority under Section 21 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005,” states the plea.

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