Plea before Delhi HC against Bar Council of Delhi decision to make Aadhaar, Voter ID with NCR address compulsory for enrolment

Team SoOLEGAL 25 Apr 2023 10:40am

Plea before Delhi HC against Bar Council of Delhi decision to make Aadhaar, Voter ID with NCR address compulsory for enrolment

New Delhi: A Petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court challenging the Bar Council of Delhi's (BCD) recent decision to provide Aadhar and voter identity cards with addresses of Delhi-NCR necessary for enrolment with the BCD.

The petition was filed by Advocate Rajani Kumari, a Bihar resident and law graduate from Delhi University, who mentioned that the BCD's decision is arbitrary and discriminatory.

Justice Prathiba M. Singh heard the matter and instructed the petitioner to mention the Bar Council of India (BCI) as a party to the case.

The case is currently scheduled for May 2, 2023.

The BCD issued notice on April 13 stating that lawyers seeking to join the BCD must submit their Aadhaar and voter ID cards showing Delhi or the NCR as their place of residence.

It further pointed out that fresh law graduates looking to enroll themselves in the national capital have to submit copies of both their Aadhaar and voter ID cards with an address in Delhi/NCR.

It was decided that no enrollments could take place in the future without these documents.

The petition filed by Advocate Lalit Kumar, Shashank Upadhyay, and Mukesh, stated that the BCD's decision would prevent law graduates from traveling from faraway parts of the country to practice law in Delhi in the hope of better opportunities.

“The requirement of Aadhaar Card and Voter ID Card with the address of Delhi or NCR discriminates against those law graduates who do not have an address in Delhi or NCR. This creates an arbitrary classification between law graduates based on their residential address, which is a violation of Article 14,” according to the plea.

It was observed that the blanket restriction on registration with BCD lacks intelligible differentia as to how a law graduate from Agra who graduated from the National Law School in Bangalore is unequally placed with one from Meerut.

"The impugned notification is completely silent about the objective it seeks to achieve from the classification stipulated therein."

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