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Internship for students shall be arranged by BCI, law school: BCI assures Delhi HC

BCI's statement by Delhi HC in its order passed in the suo moto matter concerning student Sushant Rohilla's suicide.

Aditi Singh

Bar Council of India has assured the Delhi High Court that henceforth, law students would not be required to make arrangements for their internships on their own and the same shall be arranged by the Council and by the concerned law school itself.

Bar Council of India's statement was recorded by a Division Bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Najmi Waziri in its order passed in the suo moto matter concerning student Sushant Rohilla's suicide.

The order records,

“He (counsel for the Bar Council of India) assures the Court that henceforth, the Bar Council of India shall ensure that the arrangement and placement for Internship shall be ensured by the BCI and by the law school itself and the students will not be required to make arrangements for their internships at Regulatory Bodies, Government Organization, Law firms, Advocates, etc., on their own.”
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In view of the statement, time was granted to the Bar Council of India to bring on record the list of senior lawyers, who have agreed to provide internship to law students, in terms of Rule 26 of Part-IV, Schedule-III of the Bar Council of India Rules.

The Court has also asked the Bar Council of India furnish the details on how they ensure that the minimum prescribed number of classes which are required to be held by the Law Schools for students in each Semester are actually held, in terms of Rule 10 of Part-IV of the Bar Council of India Rules.

The case arises out of the suicide committed by a third year law student at Amity Law School, Sushant Rohilla in 2016. Rohilla was not allowed to appear in his end-semester examination due to low attendance, which allegedly forced him to resort to take this drastic step.

The Supreme Court had taken suo moto cognizance of the matter after a letter was written by Rohilla’s friend alleging harassment by Amity Law School and two of its senior-most professors.

The matter was susbsequently transferred by the Supreme Court to the Delhi High Court in Mat 2017.

The matter would be heard next on February 7.

Senior Advocate Dayan Krishnan is the Amicus Curiae in the matter. Krishnan is being assisted by Advocates Aakashi Lodha, Sanjeevi Seshadri, Niharika Kaul.

Amity Law School is being represented by Senior Advocate Akhil Sibal with Advocates Raajan Chawla, Tanmaya Mehta, Gautam Chauhan.

BCI is represented by Standing Counsel Harsh K Sharma with Advocates Vaibhavi Sharma, Lakshya Parashar, Rohit Gaur.

Read the Order:

Sushant Rohilla Order - Jan 10.pdf
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