The Bar Council of Delhi has filed a letter petition before the Apex Court and has sought directions to alleviate the suffering of the legal fraternity, including judges, lawyers, court staff and their families who are affected by the Covid virus.
Due to the rise of death of various members, the BCI urged the Apex Court to direct the State and Union government to provide sufficient beds and treatment to a member of the legal fraternity at the district, taluka and High Court level.
The Council stated that it has been receiving complaints from all over the country, and neither the district administration nor government authorities were taking calls from Advocates. The letter also stated that PILs had been filed in this regard, but most dealt with bigger cities.
It is pointed out that for the last 14-15 months of the Covid pandemic, no official machinery considered the plight of the common lawyers who are officers of the Court. Therefore, it is suggested that nodal officers consisting of higher judicial officers should be appointed at all levels. They should connect with Bar Associations in their jurisdictions to address the grievances of lawyers.
Orders/directions passed by these nodal officers should be made binding on all authorities, and they should be complied with without any delay. Disobedience of such orders should be treated as gross contempt.
The letter urges States to provide oxygen cylinders and oxygen supply to any member of the legal fraternity and their family based on the recommendations made by the nodal officers.
The Council clarified that they do not require any special treatment regarding medical facilities but want a graceful response to alleviate problems faced by its members.