THE Supreme Court on Thursday refused to entertain a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking the creation of an emergency fund for lawyers who are without work during the COVID-19 lockdown.
A three-judge bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and B R Gavai a short order said:
“Having heard the petitioner-in-person and taking into consideration the grievance of the petitioner, we are of the opinion that the best course is that the Bar Council of India should consider assisting its brethren, keeping in view the prevailing situation”.
Two advocates, Pawan Prakash Pathak and Alok Singh had filed a petition in the apex court for the constitution of an emergency fund for those lawyers who are in dire need of assistance during the lockdown.
During the hearing, Justice Ramana remarked: “some of the Bar councils have taken up this issue and that they were paying funds to independent lawyers”.