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The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), in its resolution passed on April 22, has decided to file an intervention application in a PIL filed by Advocate Aljo K Joseph seeking an exemption for lawyers from paying rent for professional premises during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Advocate Aljo K Joseph had recently filed a PIL before the Supreme Court urging that directions be issued so that advocates are exempted from paying rent for their professional premises during the COVID-19 lockdown.
In this regard, Joseph also prayed that the Court direct that the national lockdown be treated as ‘Force Majeure’ period, thereby exempting advocates from paying rent during this period.
The SCBA has now decided to file an intervention application in this PIL, seeking to be made a party. Since the PIL concerns the legal fraternity and touches upon the concerns of lawyers, it was proposed by a member of the Executive Committee of the SCBA that an intervention application should be filed by the SCBA in the matter.
In a Resolution dated April 22, therefore, the EC of the SCBA has now resolved to move the Supreme Court with an intervention application in the case titled Aljo K. Joseph vs Union of India & Anr.