In suo moto proceedings pertaining to the suicide of an Amity Law School student Sushant Rohilla, the Bar Council of India has assured the Delhi High Court that the Council and the law schools will arrange internships for all law students.
A Division Bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Najmi Waziri recorded the submission made by the counsel for BCI as under,
"He 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."
Pursuant to this assurance, the court has granted time 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 case relates to a third year law student of Amity Law School, Sushant Rohilla, who committed suicide in 2016, as he was not allowed to appear in his semester examinations, due to low attendance.
Thereafter, accusations were made that Rohilla was harassed by the law school. Rohilla's friend, Raghav Sharma, also a law student at Amity, had written to the CJI, demanding that Amity authorities be tried for aiding Sushant's suicide. The Supreme Court took cognizance of the letter and in May 2017, transferred the case to the Delhi High Court.
Through the present order, the Court has also asked the BCI to furnish the details, as to 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 matter will now be taken up tomorrow, i.e. February 7, for further hearing.
Case Details:Case Title: Courts On Its Own Motion In Re: Suicide Committed By Sushant Rohilla, Law Student Of I.P. UniversityCase No.: WP (Crl) 793/2017Quorum: Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Najmi Waziri Appearance: Senior Advocate Dayan Krishnan (Amicus Curiae) assisted by Advocates Aakashi Lodha, Sanjeevi Seshadri, Niharika Kaul; Senior Advocate Akhil Sibal with Advocates Raajan Chawla, Tanmaya Mehta, Gautam Chauhan (for Amity); Standing Counsel Harsh K Sharma with Advocates Vaibhavi Sharma, Lakshya Parashar, Rohit Gaur (for BCI)
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