On Wednesday, the Karnataka High Court directed the State government to convene a meeting on 15.04.2021 to ascertain if an insurance scheme can be made for lawyers’ benefit, given the Covid-19 pandemic.
A Division Bench comprising Hon’ble Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Hon’ble Justice Aravind Kumar talked about the importance of formulating insurance schemes specifically for advocates as many lawyers were seeking adjournments as the virus has infected them.
The Bench remarked that they were getting at least two requests from Advocates for adjourning cases every day as they were infected with Covid-19. The Bench further remarked that this situation arose in all Courts, and the State government should convene a meeting quickly.
The Court asked the State government to request the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority senior officials to be present on 15th April for the meeting.
These observations were made when the Bench heard a case that it had registered suo motu after they received two letters that highlighted problems faced by Covid patients in Karnataka.
During the hearing, the Bench was informed that after 12th March, the State government had convened no meeting to discuss insurance schemes for lawyers.
In March, Karnataka High Court had asked the State to convene a meeting with its officials, various bar associations, the LIC and other public sector insurance companies to form an insurance scheme for the Bar’s members.
During the hearing on Wednesday, the Advocates Association of Bengaluru drew Court’s attention to Delhi High Court’s order wherein it approved an insurance policy for Delhi based lawyers.