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Himachal Pradesh HC disposes of PIL seeking stipend for advocates who couldn’t complete 3 years of practice due to Covid-19

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The Himachal Pradesh High Court recently disposed of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a practising Advocate for a direction to the State to consider his application for grant of stipend as well as to those Advocates, who have not completed three years of practice due to Covid-19.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Jyotsna Rewal Dua noted that the matter has been pending since the date of filing of the petition i.e. 20.01.2021.

Senior Counsel for Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh cited an order passed by the Supreme Court in Pawan Prakash Pathak & Anr. Vs. Bar Council of India & ors. with regard to a similar grievance. The petitioners therein were set at liberty to approach the Bar Council of India, who in turn should consider assisting its brethren, keeping in view the prevailing situation.

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No one had appeared for the petitioner when the matter was listed on the last date of hearing. On Monday again, no one put in an appearance for the petitioner, obviously, because of the fact that the Covid situation has eased now, observed the Court.

“The petitioner seems to have lost interest in prosecuting the present petition. Even otherwise, the petitioner, in view of the observations made by the Hon’ble Supreme Court is required to approach the Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh for redressal of her grievance and that the State could not be required to pay the additional stipend available with them”

-the order reads.

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