Bar Council Of Delhi Stays Its Notice Barring Practice of 4,778 Advocates
The Bar Council of Delhi has requested the courts and tribunals in Delhi to not prohibit the 4,788 advocates from practicing, who were earlier alleged to have failed the All India Bar Exam (AIBE).
In a letter issued in this behalf today, the Secretary of the Bar Council said "Kindly refer to our letter…dated 26.08.2019 regarding a list of 4,778 Advocates, who were said to have not cleared All India Bar Examination, conducted by Bar Council of India. In this behalf, this is to inform you that in view of some discrepancies having come to our notice in the said list, the said letter dated 26.08.2019 may not be acted upon until further communication."
The council had earlier requested all courts in Delhi to not allow such advocates to practice as they had not cleared AIBE within due time. "They are not entitled to practice or enjoy any benefits, including voting rights in Bar elections", the letter dated August 26 stated on the basis of Circular dated 12.04.2013 of the Bar Council of India. A list of 4,778 advocates, who were alleged to have failed AIBE since 2010, was also sent to the Registrar General of all these courts.
However, few days after the issuance of the aforesaid letter, there were reports that names of several lawyers who had passed the examination had also been included in the list, erroneously. The Council is now in the process of rectifying these errors by calling on the concerned lawyers to submit their Enrolment Certificate and Certificate of Practice.