SCHEME HAS BEEN FORMULATED FOR PROVIDING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO CLERKS FACING DIFFICULTIES DUE TO COVID19: DHCBA INFORMS DELHI HC2 min read

By- Rupesh Saraf

Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA) on 9th July 2020, has formulated a scheme to disburse funds collected for providing financial assistance to the members of the Delhi High Court Bar Clerks Association.
The Single Bench of Justice Rekha Palli was further informed that Delhi High Court Bar Association has finalized a scheme for the creation of a fund, built on the contributions or donations received from its members.
The court was further well informed that for the purpose of the said fund, a separate bank account will be created and all donations shall be made in favour thereof.
However, the Petitioner Association submitted, this account will be operated by their office bearers itself and shall be subject to the supervision of the Delhi High Court Bar Association as also two of its members:-
Mr. Nagender Banipal, Executive Member, and Mr. Mohit Gupta, Treasurer. This information was provided in a plea moved by Delhi High Court Bar Association seeking financial assistance for the clerks who are finding it extremely difficult to make ends meet because of loss of work caused by the lockdown.

In the last hearing, Senior Advocate Mohit Mathur, who was appearing for the Delhi High Court Bar Association, had sought time to formulate a scheme to develop a fund for the members of the DHCBCA.
Mr. Mathur had proposed to monitor this fund by manner of a committee comprising of few of its office bearers to ensure that the amounts released by way of aid, were successfully distributed and reached only those members of the petitioner association who were experiencing bona fide hardship and were not receiving monthly salaries from the employer.
In light of the submissions made by the Bar Association, Senior Advocate Inderbir Singh Alag submitted that he’s well satisfied with the action taken by the Respondents and asked the court to dispose of the petition by allowing liberty to the Petitioner to again approach this Court in respect of the reliefs sought against the remaining respondents if they require so arises.
During disposing of the petition, the court noted that:-
The petition is, correspondingly, disposed of with liberty as prayed for and the hope that more members of the respondent association and civil society will empathize with the plight of the members of the petitioner association and feel impelled to contribute generously to the fund proposed to be set up.

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