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“Will it produce monsters, why the urgency” Supreme Court to BCI in LLB Age limit case

Murali Krishnan

The LLB age limit case in Supreme Court witnessed yet another interesting hearing today as the Supreme Court implored the Bar Council of India (BCI) to “take a good decision” regarding the age limit fixed by the BCI for admission to LLB courses.

A Bench of Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao adjourned the case for Friday this week after the BCI counsel informed the the Court that a General Body meeting will be held tomorrow to discuss the issue.

The Court also asked the BCI why it had considered imposition of an age-limit on an urgent basis.

“What is the urgency to impose an age limit? Will it produce monsters? It will produce lawyers only”, remarked Justice Bobde.

Senior Advocate Sanjay Hegde and Advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan appearing for the petitioners contended that the BCI does not have authority to prescribe any age-limit under the Advocates Act. 

The Court has now adjourned the case for Friday, when the BCI is expected to convey its final decision.

The Court, however, turned down the petitioner’s request to list the matter on a non-miscellaneous day clearly stating that 

“we do not intend to hear it for long”

The decision to adopt the age limit for this year’s exam stems from a Bar Council of India notification passed in September, which claimed that Clause 28 of Schedule III, Rule 11 of the Rules of Legal Education, 2008 stood “revived”. That rule imposes an age-limit for entry into law courses.

The Supreme Court had issued notice in the challenge to the age-limit. This was in a petition filed by one Rishabh Duggal. Subsequently, an orphan IDIA Scholar had also impleaded himself in the petition.

The Allahabad High Court had also issued notice in a similar challenge and allowed the petitioners to appear for the Common Law Admission Test in interim. This was followed by a similar order by Rajasthan High Court.

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