Apex Court Reserves Orders on Petition Against Lawyers Verification

Team SoOLEGAL 22 Nov 2017 11:12am

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard the plea concerning verification of lawyers and conducting elections to various state bar councils and reserves its order with regard to conducting of elections.

The court reserved orders on a batch of petitions challenging the certificate and place of practice (verification) Rules of 2015 which requires a mass verification of lawyers credentials to weed out fake practitioners.

The Bar Council of India submitted before a bench led by Justice R.K. Agrawal that the verification was still on and reports have been received from various State Bar Councils. The BCI informed the court that out of over 15 lakh enrolled advocates, over six lakh have submitted verification forms.

The BCI said a high-level verification committee has been formed under former Supreme Court judge, Justice Anil R. Dave. The panel has already met with State Bar Councils.

The Bench however, expressed concern that the verification process could stall elections to the State bar councils and said it would pass orders on the petitions on November 24.

The petitions have alleged that the resolution by the apex lawyers' body on January 13, 2015 titled 'Certificate and Place of Practice (Verification) Rules 2015' was unconstitutional and violative of the Advocates Act.  

Tagged: Supreme Court   Lawyers verification   Bar Councils   Advocates  
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