The Bar Council of India (BCI) informed the Delhi High Court on Friday that the All India Bar Examination (AIBE) will be held on February 5 and its results will be declared by April. .The BCI said that as per its resolution dated December 30, 2022, the entire period between October 2021 and April 2023 (when AIBE was not conducted) would not be counted as part of the necessary time period of two years to clear the exam. As per the All India Bar Examination Rules, an advocate has to clear the AIBE to practice before courts. An advocate can provisionally practice for two years without qualifying the AIBE, but in order to continue practicing after two years, he/she has to mandatorily pass the AIBE..BCI made these submissions after filing a status report in response to a plea by a lawyer named Nishant Khatri. Khatri had moved the High Court stating that he got enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi in November 2019, but because the AIBE exams have not been conducted after October 2021, he ought not to be stopped from practicing.The plea was heard by Justice Prathiba M Singh, who had earlier said that Khatri could not be stopped from practising. The judge had asked the BCI to file a status report and reveal when the next AIBE exams will be conducted. The BCI had also been asked to consider having a pre-set schedule for AIBE. .On the issue of a pre-set schedule, the BCI said that the issue will be taken up in its next meeting..After noting the submissions, Justice Singh adjourned the matter to May 4.