Delhi High Court on Monday issued a notice in a plea seeking benefits of the Chief Minister Advocate’s Welfare scheme introduced by the Delhi Government to all the Advocates registered with the Bar Council of Delhi whether they are voters in Delhi or not.
A single-judge bench of Justice Pratibha M Singh of Delhi HC while conducting hearing through video conferencing has issued notice to the Bar Council of India, Bar Council of Delhi, and Delhi Government.
The petition filed by Govind Swaroop Chaturvedi stated that it is discriminatory to provide the benefit of the CM Advocate’s Welfare Scheme only to the Advocates who are voters in Delhi. Mr. Govind further states that there is a mandatory field in the form which requires the applicant to fill the Delhi Vote ID no. of the applicant.
The petition further mentions that the said eligibility condition clearly means that the intention is to exclude the non-voters, that is illegal, ultra-vires as well as inequitable, all the Advocates registered with the Bar Council of Delhi are equally rendering services for dispensation of justice in the Courts at Delhi.
BY: Rashi Pandey