Hyderabad: A senior advocate of Telangana high court moved the State Human Rights Commission, seeking recommendations to the state government to extend the benefits of Government sponsored double Bedroom housing scheme to poor and homeless advocates working in the state. Rapolu Anand Bhaskar in his petition stated that majority of the advocates do not own houses and are residing in rented homes, due to which major portion of their income has to be used to pay for rent. “ As they are paying in lakhs towards rents, they are suffering with more financial problems,” he stated.
He said around 96 courts are functioning across Telangana. In Hyderabad alone around 30,000 advocates are practising in different courts and thousands are practising in courts functioning in districts. Due to Amendment to 41 CrPC, station bails have increased and more litigants are coming forward to compromise during the Lok Adalats conducted by courts, which is having a direct impact on the income of the advocates. Nearly 10,000 advocates and their families are suffering with starvation and majority of them are unable to maintain their families and pay rent and school fees of their children.
Moreover, banks are also denying loans to advocates. As a result of all these, advocates are going through suicidal tendencies. One advocate David from Nagarjuna Sagar committing suicide due to financial issues is an example to this situation.
He further stated that if Government extends the benefits to advocates, they can save rent and maintain their families well and even practice their profession without much trouble, like in the rented home from house owners.
He urged the commission to recommend to the Government for the welfare of advocates and save their lives.