Bar council warns law institutes on not verifying degrees
New Delhi: The Bar Council of Delhi’s move to weed out fake lawyers has hit a roadblock, with some of the universities sitting on its request to verify law degrees.
BCD is conducting a verification drive of law degrees issued by different universities and is waiting to hear from many of them about the authenticity of degrees of lawyers on its rolls who practice in Delhi.
But the statutory lawyers’ body is now hobbled by the lethargy shown by some of the prominent universities in the National Capital Region.
While nearly 58,000 certificates have been sent to various universities across India for verification in the past 3-4 years, more than 16,000 are yet to be verified by the universities.
In a recent move, BCD chairman K C Mittal has shot off a warning letter to some of these institutions, including Chaudhary Charan Singh university. The letter cautions that if certificates sent by the council are not verified, it will recommend cancellation of law courses run by their law schools.
“The universities have been given a final opportunity to verify the degrees sent to them within 15 days, failing which BCD will consider taking action against them for their de-recognition,” Mittal said.
Since 2016, BCI has been trying to identify and remove fake lawyers, who often practice across all courts of the country. BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra is on record that number of fake lawyers across the country may well touch the halfway mark.
As per BCI’s data thrown up during its verification drive in 2016, Delhi may have the maximum number of fake lawyers, which is why BCD was asked to carry out an in depth drive to check certificates of every lawyer enrolled with it.
BCI had also come out with the Certificate and Place of Practice (Verification) Rules 2015 that make it mandatory for all lawyers to once again register with state bar councils in a fresh format. All documents, right from school leaving certificate to law degrees, have to be furnished to the bar councils that then get these verified from individual schools, colleges and universities.