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Delhi HC stays the Single Judge’s order directing benefit of CM Advocates Welfare Scheme to all advocates enrolled with the BCD

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New Delhi, Sept 21 (ILNS) The Delhi High Court today stayed the Single Judge’s order directing for extension of benefit of the Chief Minister’s Advocates Welfare Scheme to all advocates enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi and practising in the national capital and not just to advocates who are residents of Delhi.  
The Division Bench headed by Chief Justice D.N Patel and comprising Justice Amit Bansal issued notice in the appeal filed by the Delhi Government challenging a single judge bench order dated July 12, 2021, wherein it was ruled that the benefit of the welfare scheme announced by the ruling Delhi Government cannot be restricted to only advocates resident of Delhi. 
The Bench, while seeking response from the Bar Council of Delhi and a group of advocates, who were the petitioners said, “We hereby stay the operation, execution and implementation of July 12, 2021, order of the Single Judge till the next date of hearing.  
The Bench posted the matter for next hearing on September 30, 2021.
The Single Judge  Bench of Justice Pratibha M.Singh while hearing a batch of petitions by advocates who were aggrieved by the Government’s decision to extend the benefit of the scheme only to such advocates whose name appears in Delhi’s voter list. 
The Bench observed,“The Chief Minister’s Advocates Welfare Scheme announced by the GNCTD is a Scheme that has a laudable objective of recognising the role of lawyers in protecting the rights of citizens and their constructive role in the society, However, the condition in the Scheme that it would be applicable only to residents in Delhi with Voter IDs, is held to be discriminatory and arbitrary as the sub-classification from amongst the advocates enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi, has no rational nexus with the object to be achieved. Accordingly, the Scheme shall be extended to all advocates registered with the Bar Council of Delhi, whose names and credentials are verified, without insistence of Voter ID showing residence in Delhi.” The Bench of Chief Justice D.N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh had earlier issued notice to the Bar Council of Delhi and to advocate Govind Swaroop Chaturvedi, who was also one of the petitioners before the Single Bench/ILNS/BG/KR/SNG

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