February 14, 2017

"Don't Worry, We Will Take Care Of It", Says SC

Supreme Court Of India

With reference to the major development in the challenges to the BCI (Certificate of Practice) Verification Rules, 2015, which mandates the verification of lawyers, the Supreme Court has allowed the Bar Council of India to implead all the universities as parties to the case.

The Supreme Court has allowed the BCI to publish an advertisement in one English newspaper and different regional newspapers, asking universities to join the case. An order to that effect was passed by Bench of Justices PC Ghose and Rohinton Fali Nariman.

When the matter was taken up in the court, Senior Advocate KK Venugopal submitted that no verification of lawyers has been conducted since 1986. He stated that “It is assumed that there are 1.7 million lawyers in the country. But no verification has been held since 1986. How many lawyers died, quit the profession stopped active practice is not reflected. 1.7 million is an imaginary number.”

KK Venugopal had also told the court that an application has already been filed regarding universities asking for fees for verification. The Court then decided that it will hear everybody involved and dispose of the case.

When the petitioner pointed out that the verification has become an unending process and it should be completed soon, Justice Nariman remarked that “You don’t worry, we will take care of it”.

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