New Delhi: The Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) today has informed the Delhi High Court that the larger issue of giving financial assistance to advocates is pending before the Supreme Court, in a plea seeking directions to provide financial aid for needy advocates in the form of ex-gratia of Rs 25,000.
A division bench of the High Court of Delhi, comprising Chief Justice D. N. Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan heard the PIL filed by advocate Vaibhav Sharma, with a prayer to the Advocates Welfare Fund Trustee Committee and BCD to pay the ex-gratia amount to needy advocates.
Earlier, the BCD had submitted that it has given total assistance of Rs 8.22 crores and is exploring further possibilities of giving more benefits like social security and insurance policy to its members.
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The bench adjourned the matter for September 10.
– India Legal Bureau