Delhi High Court: A Division Bench of D.N. Patel, CJ and Prateek Jalan, J., held that as and when any advocate approaches the Court with regard to inclusion of “Advocates” in the definition of “Professionals” under the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006, the same could be entertained on merits.
A Public Interest Litigation was filed wherein the grievance was the non-inclusion of the advocates in the definition of the word “professionals” under the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006.
Purpose of the petition was the welfare of the advocates as a class so that the benefits which flow from the inclusion under the Act, 2006 are made available to them as well.
Bench declined to entertain the petition.
Adding to its decision, Court stated that such PIL for the benefit of a class of persons can be preferred if the affected persons are unable to access the courts, e.g. the poorest of the poor, illeterates, children, and other classes of people who may be handicapped by ignorance, indigence, illiteracy or lack of understanding of the law.
Advocates are capable enough to approach the Court, if aggrieved.
Hence, as and when any advocate approaches the Court, decision on merits could be taken.[Abhijit Mishra v. UOI, WP(C) No. 4695 of 2020, decided on 29-07-2020]