High Court Shocked Over Lawyers Qualification

Team SoOLEGAL 26 Oct 2017 12:15pm

Image courtesy: BAR COUNCIL OF TAMIL NADU AND PUDUCHERRY High Court Shocked Over Lawyers Qualification

The Madras High Court expressed shock over Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry (BCTP) as the council has permitted 713 people, who had obtained law degrees without completing their formal education.  These advocates had obtained law degrees on the basis of post graduate courses completed through Open University system without having undergone graduation courses, to get enrolled as lawyer between 2009 and 2016.

The High court on Wednesday directed the Tamil Nadu Bar Council and Advocate General Vijay Narayan to issue show-cause notices to all the 713 candidates seeking explanation as to why their enrollment should not be cancelled since the Supreme Court had, in 2009, held against obtaining master's degrees without completing graduation.

Justice N. Kirubakaran also ordered lodging of a police complaint against 42 people who had enrolled in the state bar council without even providing basic documents including address proof.

The court was told that though a special committee, which was now administering the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry under the chairmanship of Mr. Narayan, had issued notices to the 42 advocates through e-mail, only two had replied so far.

He expressed shock at the people with criminal backgrounds and having without formal education getting enrolled as advocates in the Bar Association Council using irregular and illegal means such as purchasing law degrees. 

Tagged: Madras High Court   Bar Council of Tamil Nadu   Lawyers  
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