Bombay HC directs BCI to expedite inspection of proposed all women law college
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Bombay HC directs BCI to expedite inspection of proposed all women law college

Varun Chirumamilla

A Division Bench of the Bombay High Court reportedly pulled up the Bar Council of India (BCI) today for its inaction in inspecting a proposed all-women law college in Thane.

It has been learnt that the petitioners in the case, Bombay Public Trust, had received clearances from both the state government and the concerned University, but a BCI inspection had not been forthcoming.

According to PTI, the counsel for the BCI had informed the Bench of Justices BR Gavai and Bharati Dangre that an institution seeking BCI recognition needed to show that they either owned the premises from where the college would operate or that they had the premises on lease for a period of ten years or more.

It was submitted that the lease for the premises from which this proposed college would function was set to expire in December this year.

At this point, the petitioners reportedly informed the Court that the current campus was of a temporary nature and that the construction of a permanent campus was underway.

The Bench reportedly took the BCI to task for its hyper-technical approach to the application and observed that an institution such as an all-women college deserves a helping hand, instead of a hindrance.

The Bench also reportedly asked the petitioners to furnish an undertaking, stating that the permanent campus would be completed before December 2018.

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