‘DIRECT CENTRE, STATES TO ARRANGE LOANS UP TO RS 3 LAKHS FOR ADVOCATES’ : BAR COUNCIL OF INDIA MOVES SC
The Bar Council of India has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court highlighting the financial difficulties faced by lawyers on account of the country wide lockdown.
Stating that BCI does not have the funds to help the lawyers in need, it has sought directions from the Central Government and all States/UTs to “arrange financial assistance by way of interest free loan of up to Rs. 3 lakhs each to advocates enrolled with the respective Bar Council of each State through the said Bar Council repayable in reasonable monthly instalments at least 12 months after normal court functioning commences”. The petition, filed through Advocate S N Bhat, also seeks a direction to Union of India and the respective State Governments to financially support the advocates through respective Bar Association.