Railways permits lawyers to commute by suburban services till further advice

Practising lawyers in courts and registered clerks of advocates are now permitted to travel in special suburban services run by the Western and Central Railway during specific timings "till further advice".

Earlier, on October 26, the authorities had permitted lawyers to travel in the local trains, currently being run only for essential services staff because of the COVID-19 pandemic, till November 23, which has been now extended. A joint press release issued by the Central and Western Railway on Thursday stated they have extended the permission given to them.

According to the release, the Railway Ministry has approved the Maharashtra government's request made on December 2, allowing lawyers practising in different courts and registered clerks of advocates to travel in the special suburban trains "till further advice".

"It is requested that travellers who have been permitted to travel by suburban trains should follow medical and social protocols as mandated for COVID-19. Others are requested not to rush to stations," the release said.

The lawyers were earlier allowed to travel on all the working days only during non-peak hours up to 8am, between 11 am to 4 pm and 7 pm onwards.

At present, the railway authorities are operating special suburban services for essential services staff, including Maharashtra and central government employees.

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