BCI disallows 2014-15 batch of law grads from Kakatiya and Osmania University to enrol as Advocates

BCI disallows 2014-15 batch of law grads from Kakatiya and Osmania University  to enrol  as Advocates

The Telangana State Bar Associationhas  received a directive from the Bar Council of India (BCI) to disallow the 2014-15 batch law graduates of the Law University College, Kakatiya and the Osmania University Law College to enrol as advocates.

The BCI's directive does not mention the Andhra University Law College. As a consequence, there  isuncertainty   among the law students who have been impacted by the BCI decision.

The directive has been passed as a penalty for not conforming to the Legal Education Rules 2008. The Act demands all colleges to pay Rs 1.5 lakh to the Council as inspection fee, after which a team visits the campus to inspect if the prescribed norms are being met.

Last year  resistingthe high inspection fee, the Osmania University Law College moved the High Court of Andhra Pradesh and the High Court had  stayed  the  BCI directive.

According to the officials of the institute, the university collects Rs 350 from each student as annual fee. They said that it will be difficult for the university to pay Rs 1.5 lakh annually to the BCI.

They state that BCI's directive to derecognize the institutes is not legal as they have  obtainedthe court's stay against payment of the fee.

Last month the BCI had banned Delhi University law graduates from enrolling as advocates, because the university allegedly  had  not followed  the Rules stated by the regulatory body.