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Advocates’ Welfare Scheme: Delhi HC comes to the rescue of lawyer denied benefits

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New Delhi, Jun 3 (ILNS): The Delhi High Court has extended support to an Advocate, who was left out of the Advocates’ Welfare Scheme, initiated by the government, to help the lawyers affected by the pandemic.

The Single-Judge Bench of Justice Rekha Palli was yesterday hearing a petition, in which the lawyer was left out in the due process, despite being an enrolled Advocate of the Bar Council of Delhi and despite having followed guidelines for the scheme. The petitioner said that when the final list was released in December 2020, the petitioner’s name was not there.

The petitioner has said that he has made several attempts to reach the office bearers of all the respondents through email, but received no remedy or response, after which he filed a CM Application before this Court.

The Court has issued notice to the respondent. The Court interrogated the GNCTD as to why the name of the petitioner was not mentioned in the list. The Government of NCT said that the name of the petitioner could not be verified, so his name was not forwarded as a beneficiary of the scheme.

The Court called the petitioner and directed that the petitioner must get the name verified, in order to speed up the entire process. As it stands, as soon as the petitioner is able to procure a certificate proving that he is a domicile of Delhi, he must be entitled to avail of the benefits and become a beneficiary of the scheme within one week from thereon.

The matter was previously listed before Justice Pratibha M Singh, where the Bench had remarked: “Lawyers are an important part of the justice ecosystem and the Bar Council must take care of them irrespective of their residential status.” ILNS\KR\SJ\RJ

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