Bar coun­cil warns law in­sti­tutes on not ver­i­fy­ing de­grees

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - Ab­hi­[email protected]

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.

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