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The Supreme Court today refused to stay the Bar Council of India Certificate and Place of Practice (Verification) Rules, 2015. The Division Bench of PC Ghose and RK Agarwal JJ. made it clear that the BCI was to free to continue with the processes initiated under the Rules.
Senior Advocate KK Venugopal appeared for BCI, along with advocate Ardhendumauli Kumar Prasad. Senior counsel Venugopal submitted that the number of fake lawyers enrolling at the Bar was on the rise. Venugopal said,
“They are wearing gowns and walking into courts…soon a situation like that in Madras High Court will happen [everywhere]”
The Court relented and said that it won’t stay the Act. It also said that the BCI is free to continue with the actions initiated under the Rules. It, however, said that the acts of the Bar Council of India should not prejudice conveyancing lawyers who don’t appear and argue in courts.
The matter was then adjourned.