Members of the Supreme Court Bar Clerks Association have moved the Supreme Court urging that the Government be directed to provide them a monthly “maintenance compensation” of Rs 15,000 as the majority have been left unemployed in lockdown.
The petition has been settled by Senior Advocate Mohan V Katarki and drawn by Advocates Gaurav Agarwal and Divyangna Malik.
The petition filed through Advocate Deepak Prakash states that clerks who normally earn from Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 by way of salary and tips given by the litigants are now on the “verge of penury.”’
The plea of Supreme Court Bar Clerks Association read,
“They have been facing financial hardship for the last three months. Some members have not even got their basic salary. The petitioner association therefore seeks urgent and kind indulgence of this Hon’ble Court for directions including direction to the Union of India to pay ? 15000 per month to each member of petitioner Association.”
The plea has argued that the “health of people cannot be protected by causing uncompensated miseries to individuals particularly the low income people like the Advocates’ clerks”.
Read the plea here: