Today, the Supreme Court dismissed a petition, seeking a direction that allows compensation of Rs. 50 lakh each that should be granted to the family member of lawyers below 60 years of age who died due to COVID-19, or any other reason. The bench hearing the petition, comprised justices DY Chandrachud, Vikram Nath, and BV Nagarathna.

Calling it a ‘publicity interest litigation’, the apex court said it cannot make an exception for lawyers. The petition was filed by advocate Pradeep Kumar Yadav. Hearing the issue, the bench mentioned that a lot of people died due to COVID-19.

However, the bench reiterated that a lawyer’s life cannot be more precious than others, observing that the top court had upheld compensation for all persons who died due to the deadly infection. The bench asked Yadav, “Are other people of the society not important?”

The bench dismissed the petition with a cost of Rs. 10,000 and said that the court will soon take steps to prevent lawyers from filing such petitions. In addition, the bench pointed out that in the plea, ‘cut-copy-paste’ has been done.

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