STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: A Division Bench (DB) of State High Court comprising Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Sindhu Sharma on Friday issued notices to the Principal Secretary Finance Department, Law Secretary, Registrar General J&K High Court and J&K State Bar Council through its Secretary and Bar Council of India returnable within four weeks in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Advocates Sahil Gupta and Bharath Sharma seeking direction to respondents to formulate welfare scheme for advocates. Advocate Gagan Basotra with Advocate Aditya Sharma appeared for the PIL. During the course of arguments, Advocate Gagan Basotra sought direction to respondents to formulate aforesaid scheme in terms of the Advocate Act or any other law to pay a monthly stipend of Rs. 10,000 to the newly enrolled lawyers with a further direction to the respondents to also formulate a scheme for payment of pension to advocates who have put in an at least 40 years of active professional service as an enrolled advocate. The petitioners are relying on Section 6 (l) (dd), 6 (2) (a) and 7 (2)(a) of the Advocates Act 1961 while seeking aforesaid directions. The petitioners are also seeking a direction to the respondents to fulfill their constitutional obligation in terms of Section 18 (Director Principles) of the Constitution of J&K. The petitioners submitted that the advocates being officers of the court and without their effective assistance, the justice delivery system is greatly impaired. “It is imperative that the best of the advocates are available in the profession so that there is no impediment in dispensation of justice by the courts. However, lately it has been noticed that the best of the young lawyers are leaving the profession due to the absence of any financial support with the result that in near future there would be lack of talent for the bar and the bench which is not a good prospect for the healthy growth and independence of judiciary under the Indian Constitution”, the counsel for the petitioners submitted.
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