Pained by the death of 56 advocates, who are members of the Advocates' Association of Bengaluru (AAB), due to COVID, AAB president AP Ranganath addressed a letter to the Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to treat advocates as frontline workers and grant Rs 30 lakh each as compensation to the families of advocates who died due to pandemic.
Requesting to provide free treatment for the members of the Bar, Bench and the court staff in all the hospitals, Ranganath urged the chief minister to release funds immediately to dispense for advocates who are in financial distress. He further stated that with COVID-19 cases continuously rising and most courts closed, many advocates had lost their only source of income.
In the letter to CM, the president said that it is a well-known truth that advocates and their family members, who have been infected, have not received quality and timely treatment. As he may be aware, many advocates are in dire financial crisis and cannot afford basic living expenses and cannot afford medical expenses. In this pursuit of selfless sacrifice and public service, many advocates not only contracted the virus but also tragically succumbed to it.
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