The National Delegation of Law Students have upped their agitation against the first Bar exam to be held this December. The delegation which has approached the Law Minister to look into the issue threaten to resort to peaceful demonstrations if a decision is not taken in favour of the agitating students.
According to the latest press release on July 2, the National Delegation of Law Students, headed by President Siddharth S. Seth (pictured handing the proposal to the Law Minister), has decided to give a final call to the Law Minister and the Bar Council of India (BCI) to take a quick decision over the controversial issue of conducting the Bar exam in December of this year.
The delegation has decided that if within a span of three weeks a positive decision is not taken in favour of law students protesting against the Bar exam across India, the delegation will approach the Supreme Court on this issue under Article 32 of the Constitution and if needed will resort to peaceful demonstrations in the most obedient manner throughout the country.
Siddharth, a final year student at the Amity Law School said, “We would have welcomed this examination if at all it is needed and it is permissible in law, if we all could have been informed about the details before our academic year started. How can the BCI without giving any official intimation, any guideline or information regarding the pattern, by only giving us practically 1 and a half months time to prepare for this examination and keeping our professional career at stake for 8 months, expect us to give this sort of national Bar exam on which our entire future rests? ”
The delegation is also planning to write to the Chief Justice of India highlighting the suffering of the final year batch of 2010 law graduates.
They last met the Law Minister, Veerappa Moily on June 21 and explained to him that the students of the present batch of 2010 will suffer the most as the Bar exam results won’t be out till January 2011. They discussed that till date no letter had been sent to any law college or university regarding guidelines on the pattern and syllabus of this examination and therefore students were clueless about such an exam being imposed in a hasty manner on them.
The BCI is facing the wrath of final year students graduating from the academic batch of 2009-2010. At present a number of petitions have been filed in the various High Courts in India against the Bar exam and the hearing of these cases has been deferred till the decision is taken by the apex court in the Bonnie FOI Law College case.
A copy of the press release is available here.