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The Supreme Court of India today disapproved of the conduct of the Bar Council of India (BCI) in a case concerning its Legal Education Rules, 2008.
A Bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud termed the conduct of the BCI “lacklustre”, while proceeding to dispose a batch of transfer petitions filed by the regulatory body.
The transfer petitions were filed as far back as 2010, seeking the transfer of different cases in various high courts relating to Rule 7 of Legal Education Rules.
When the petitions came up for hearing today, BCI told the Court that service could not be completed on various individual respondents.
The Court proceeded to dispose the petitions, with Justice Khehar remarking,
“You are very lacklustre. Matters are pending for five to six years and you don’t serve on respondents.”
This is not the first time the BCI has been pulled up by the courts. Last year, the apex court had imposed costs of Rs. 25,000 on the BCI for its inaction in the petition filed by Prof Shamnad Basheer calling for a permanent CLAT body.
More recently, it was asked by the Delhi High Court to explain a letter written to the Faculty of Law, Delhi University.
Story to be updated.