A petition filed by Advocate Sunil Kumar Tiwari in the Delhi High Court has seeked financial assistance and interest free moratorium on loans/ EMIs for such Advocates enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi who are hit by a financial crisis amid the lockdown.
The petitioner being represented by Manoj Kumar Singh, has urged that the Advocates should be exempted from paying their existing EMIs on their various Loans/ Credits Card Payments etc. till the situation becomes normal as all means of livelihood have been curtailed. Further, the petition seeks directions on the Delhi government to provide financial assistance as one time financial help of Rs. 5000/- for indigent advocates offered by the Bar Council of Delhi is insufficient for their survival.
The petition has been filed keeping in mind the plight of Advocates coming from lower/ middle class families, who are unable to survive or feed their families due to loss of Court work amid the Covid induced lockdown. The petition states that imposition of interest during the moratorium period defeats the very purpose of permitting moratorium on loans, Credit Cards Payments and etc and hence seeks to waive interests completely.