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Disabled advocate assured fresh hearing on chamber allotment

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A fresh hearing would be given to a physically challenged advocate, who was denied chamber in the Rohini District Court complex despite fulfilling all criteria, a lawyer's body has assured the Delhi High Court.

The Rohini District Court Lawyers Allotment Committee informed this to Justice Manmohan who asked the panel to take a reasoned decision within three weeks.

The court also gave liberty to lawyer Sunil Kumar to approach the high court if he is still aggrieved with the order.

His counsel N U Ahmed had contended that he was arbitrarily denied the chamber.

Kumar said he fulfilled the eligibility criteria for allotment of chamber which demanded an applicant to be a qualified advocate, a resident of Delhi, handling 10 cases and minimum 50 appearances at Rohini Court besides having no other allotted chamber at any court complex on his or her name or in the name of his or her blood relation.

The petitioner also alleged that the committee did not follow the rules which say that two per cent of the chambers were to be reserved for deserving physically challenged and handicapped advocates.

In three other similar petitions, the high court directed the committee to reserve one chamber for each of the petitioners till it decides their representations afresh.

The advocates had sought quashing of the chamber allotment list issued by the committee on the ground that it was arbitrary and against the Rohini District Courts Lawyers' Chambers (Allotment And Occupancy) Rules, 2011.

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First Published: Sun, January 05 2014. 09:55 IST