Open letter to BCI
I am one of those thousands of lawyers, who after passing dozens of papers, who wrote the AIBE Exam, because the Bar Council of India (BCI) has made it mandatory for us, to clear that exam, if we wish to continue as lawyers, after two years of our enrollment. I attempted AIBE about a week before the ides of March had come. After a week, the AIBE Website, notified us that our results will be released 'tentatively before April 16th'.
Since the results were not seen published, even a week after the proposed date, I rang the AIBE 'helpline'. To my surprise, after a dozen attempts, someone attended my call. (Usually it is always busy, or doesn't pick the call). To my queries about results, which I had to ask in Hindi, he replied that results will be out by April end.
I checked the AIBE web- portal, in the first week of May. I noticed that the notification has been amended to the effect that 'results will be released before May 16th'. And may I bring it to the notice of your good self, that the results of the exam which we wrote about two and a half months ago are not yet published.
We were taught that Consistency is a virtue and procrastination is a sin. When it comes to advocacy, they are more than that, since it affects the very competency of lawyers. The organizers of AIBE exam, who were entrusted with a task to check 'competency' of lawyers, shouldn’t have been inconsistent and sluggish.
I am also aware about the challenge against AIBE which is now under consideration of the Constitution Bench of the Hon’ble Apex Court. I agree with the views expressed by the Bar Council that an All India Exam is necessary to check competency of the lawyers. Competency of professionals ought to be judged in a professional way and I am confident that the concerned officials of the Bar Council of India would take necessary steps for ensuring the same, in future.
I humbly request Bar Council of India, to issue necessary directions for prompt release the results of the Exam. We are indeed eager to know, how competent we are.