BCI (CoP) Rules: SC issues notice in challenge to Universities’ demand of fees from Bar Councils

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The Bar Council of India (Certificate of Practice) Verification Rules has led to another plea in the Supreme Court.

This time around, various State Bar Councils and the BCI have moved the Supreme Court against different universities demanding fees from the Bar Councils for verification.

The matter was heard by a Bench of Justices Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Rohinton Fali Nariman, which proceeded to issue notice to the Central government.

Senior Advocate KK Venugopal appeared for the applicants.

The petitioners submitted that different universities were demanding sums up to Rs. 1,200 per candidate for verification, and that Bar Councils will have to incur expenses running up to crores if the same is allowed.

The Bench issued notice and posted the case for February 3.

Various State Bar Councils are undertaking verifications of lawyers enrolled with them. This is pursuant to the BCI (CoP) Rules which were enacted in 2015.