After several complaints from people about lawyers holding fake degrees in India, and practicing with those degrees, the Bar Council of India has introduced a process with the help of which these fake lawyers will be verified within a period of 6-7 months.
Manan Kumar Mishra, chairman of the Bar Council of India(BCI), had made a shocking revelation recently, saying that at least 30% of the lawyers in the country are fake. At the Lawyers’ Meet-2015 which was held in Chennai, he said that these lawyers have fraudulent degrees, and BCI is the process of finding them out.
Moving ahead from there, the BCI has now launched a comprehensive mechanism for verifying these fake and non-practicing lawyers.
The law minister, Sadananda Gowda, said that BCI has already framed the Bar Council of India Certificate and Place of Practice (Verification) Rules, 2015. State level committees have also been formed with the help of the State Bar Councils, to get started with the process.
This procedure was initiated after BCI received several complains about lawyers with fake degrees, and unethical standards adopted by many in the profession. It will be completed within six to seven months. The BCI has informed that the exact number of fake lawyers cannot be ascertained as of now, because the total number of such people is not known. The step is being taken with the view to filter the system as those with fake degrees are disrespecting the profession. It will also ensure that non-practicing lawyers enrolled with the State Bar Councils do not avail of the benefits or any welfare schemes meant for lawyers.
A proposal for BCI’s own Lawyers’ Academy has also been brought forward, with the view of instilling professionalism and ethical standards among advocates.
Thus in a few months, India can be free of those who are using fake law degrees and cheating people in the process.