Considering the lack of work and networking for the advocates during the current pandemic a plea has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking direction for the Bar Council of India to allow Advocates to advertise for limited purposes for certain areas of practice.
An application filed by Advocate Charanjeet Chaderpal, whose plea has been pending since a year had sought for such a permit to be granted until March 2021. It had sought direction to allow other para-legal work to be taken up by lawyers to earn a living during such a crisis. To which Chief Justice SA Bobde, N. Subhash Reddy & AS Bopanna had issued a notice to the Bar Council of India.
In the present application filed by Advocate Anil Kumar, it is brought before the Court that despite the issue of notice the Bar Council of India did not file any reply to the matter.
The application has further clarified that such a permission is being asked for sectors that do not require any kind of court appearance and are merely based on professional prestige and privilege matters. It has sought permission to advertise in the matters of tax consultancy, return filings, loan appraisal and approval, online legal formalities, property documentation, deeds etc.
It is argued that such a grant of permission would aid the lawyers that are incompetent to provide services due to lack of advertisement and network and would help them to earn a livelihood.