Grant 30 Lakhs compensation to the family of advocates who died of COVID, says the Board
The Advocate Association, Bangalore [AAB] wrote a letter to the CM of Karnataka, B.S. Yediyurappa asking to treat lawyers as front liner workers and also provide a grant to compensation of Rs 30 Lakhs to the families of those who have succumbed to the virus.
Afflicted by the death of 56 advocates who were the members of Advocates’ Association of Bengaluru [AAB], due to COVID. In a letter addressing to the CM of Karnataka, the President of the Advocates’ Association of Bengaluru, AP Ranganath wrote, to treat Advocates as front line workers and also requested to arrange funds to compensate each family of advocate with Rs 30 Lakhs, who lost their lives in this battle.
In the Letter, Mr. AP Ranganath requested to provide free treatments for the members of the Bench, Bar, and Court Staff, in all the hospitals, he urged the chief minister to release funds immediately and send help for the advocates who are in financial distress. He pointed out that about 170 Advocates in Karnataka and 67 advocates in Banglore have lost their lives to the virus.
He mentioned that as courts are closed due to the continuous rise of cases of COVID-19, many advocates have lost their source of income. Everybody knows that advocates and their family members have been infected with the virus, and have not able to receive quality and timely treatment, because of their current financial status. A hard-to-accept fact is that many advocates are not able to afford the basic living expenses, and unable to expense medical expenses.
The AAB President also added that In pursuit of selfless sacrifices and public services many advocates not only contracted the virus but also tragically succumbed to it.