Srinagar, June 01: Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday asked government to come up with a clear stand regarding grant of immediate financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 25,000 to the lawyers working in Jammu and Kashmir.
“In the instant petition, the petitioner (an advocate) is seeking a direction on the Respondents 1 and 2 (officials) to grant immediate financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 25,000/- to each advocate(s) who have earlier received the financial assistance and are in actual practice within the Jammu and Kashmir, with further direction to formulate a medical and life insurance policy for the welfare of the advocates and their family members practicing before the High Court and District Court(s) within Jammu and Kashmir,” a bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey said.
On consideration of the matter, the Court observed that in terms of order passed on 5th of May, it issued notice to the officials for filing their response.
However, the court said that response has not been filed.
“B.A. Dar, senior AAG, to ensure filing of reply by or before next date of hearing,” the court said, adding, “The Government shall come up with clear stand qua release of amount as financial aid to the lawyers on the patterns of already issued guidelines in the previous financial year, when similar type of lockdown/restrictions were imposed on account of Covid-19 Pandemic.”