HC forms panel to provide insurance cover to 65,000 lawyers

HC comes down heavily on lawyer for maligning reputation of judiciary

‘Government. might be directed to take out insurance after raising money through sales of insurance brands. ”

In light of the fact that many lawyers have died due to COVID-19, the Madras High Court has formed a committee to hold talks with the state government and insurance companies and work out group health insurance that could cover medical costs of around 65,000 attorneys enrolled on the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Bar Council (BCTNP) and their family members.

Judges N. Kirubakaran and R. Pongiappan ordered the establishment of the committee while issuing interim orders on a public interest lawsuit filed by activist lawyer Sudha Ramalingam. The petitioner, a senior member of the bar association, had proposed that the government should be ordered to insure the lawyers and their families after they raised money by selling insurance brands.

The trial attorney pointed out that attorneys are already putting multiple stamps of attorney wellbeing and employee welfare on thousands of vacalats (allowing clients to appear to their attorneys) filed in courts across the state every day, saying That lawyers would be more than happy to buy and stick another stamp of a nominal denomination for providing insurance coverage.

Panel members

When the court found its strength in its remarks, it decided to bring up proposals from a committee and appointed Advocate General Vijay Narayan as chairman so that discussions with the state government can also be held if necessary. Additional Advocate General PH Arvindh Pandian has been appointed as its coordinator and PIL petitioner Ramalingam has also been appointed as one of its members.

The judges ordered that additional attorney general R. Sankaranarayanan, insurance law expert N. Vijayaraghavan, permanent legal advisor of the National Insurance Company S. Arunkumar, senior department head of the company P. Manoharan, BCTNP member MR Sivasubramaniam, permanent legal advisor of BCTNP CK Chandrasekharan and attorney S. Devika is also the member of the committee that is expected to make viable proposals to the court.