The Bar Council of India (BCI) has passed a directive to the Telangana State Bar Association to disallow the 2014-15 batch law graduates of the Law University College, Kakatiya and the Osmania University Law College to enroll as advocates. The Andhra University Law College has not been included in the BCI directive. The recent development has caused uncertainties for the scores of law students who have been impacted by the BCI decision.
The universities based in Telengana have been penalized for not conforming to the Legal Education Rules 2008. As per the act, all colleges need to pay Rs 1.5 lakh to the council as inspection fee, after which a team visits the campus to inspect if the prescribed norms are being met.
The Osmania University Law College had moved the High Court of Andhra Pradesh last year to protest the steep inspection fee. The court had put a stay on the payment of the fee. According to institute officials, the university collects Rs 350 from each student as annual fee. Hence, it will be very difficult for the university to pay Rs 1.5 lakh annually to the BCI, the officials added.
The officials also stated that BCI's directive to derecognize the institutes was not legal, as they have acquired the court's stay against payment of the fee.
The BCI is a statutory body created by the Parliament of the country to regulate and represent the Indian bar. It is the regulator of legal education in the country.
The council has also derecognized the law courses of the Delhi University (DU) recently. The High Court of Delhi has issued a notice to the BCI as well as the Delhi Bar Council (DBC) in response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed to nullify the BCI order.