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The lawyer, himself a migrant, had earlier intended to contribute the money towards the travel costs migrants "irrespective of their caste creed and religion" in a plea moved when the third lockdown phase was in force
With most of the migrants now reaching their native villages, an amount of Rs 25 lakhs deposited by a Mumbai-based practising lawyer to transport migrants from Mumbai to Sant Kabir Nagar in Uttar Pradesh will now be used to aid the families of five migrants who died travelling to their villages during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Mumbai-based lawyer Sagheer Ahmed Khan, through Advocate on Record, Ejaz Maqbool, informed a Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, SK Kaul and MR Shah that since most of the migrants have travelled back, the money deposited can be used to help the families of those who died travelling back to their villages.
The Justice Bhushan-led Bench allowed the said prayer and has now directed the petitioner to submit the names of the migrants whose families are to be helped with the said amount.
"The particulars of all the five families be provided to the registry within two weeks. SC registry will then send the money to the Legal Service Authority of the district which then will be disbursed to the families," the Supreme Court ordered.
The plea now stands disposed off.
Khan had earlier undertaken before the Supreme Court that he would donate Rs Rs 25 lakh as train fare to enable the migrant workers from Mumbai to go back to their home towns in Sant Kabir Nagar, Uttar Pradesh.
The lawyer had stated that the concerned authorities and the government should take measures to end the continuous and unfortunate suffering faced by migrant workers in their attempts to reach home.
In his plea, he had also stated that he is well aware of the condition in which the migrants live in the city of Mumbai, having llived with other migrants in a furniture shop in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region from the year 1999 to 2001.
The petitioner had sought directions for the appointment of designated officers in each district, sub-divisional and tehsil level to facilitate the evacuation of migrant workers.