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Allahabad HCBA requests BCI to create a fund for lawyers affected by coronavirus

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Newly elected president Of Allahabad High Court Bar Association, Amarendra Nath Singh wrote to the chairman of the Bar Council of India demanding a corpus for providing urgent medical help and compensation to the needy lawyers in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak. 

Nath, in his letter addressing the chairmen of all the State Bar Councils, said, as an emergency measure and the duty cast upon the Bar Council of India and State Bar Council’s is under the Advocate’s Act, 1961, “I suggest that an emergency fund of at least 50 crore rupees be created collectively from the contribution by the Bar Council of India, State Bar Councils, advocate welfare fund and from members”.

Nath expressed his concern concerning Coronavirus saying an extraordinary situation has arisen due to the virus outbreak causing complete lockdown in several countries, including India.

“I thank the chairman, Bar Council of India (BCI) seeking financial assistance for the lawyers from the union government”, he said.

Nath himself has made a contribution of Rs.25,000 to the emergency corpus fund.

Young and old ailing lawyers affected by COVID-19 would require financial aid and support and the fund allocated be kindly utilized to render the help to the lawyers, stressed the President.

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