Exclusive: After a three-day outage, the allindiabarexamination.com website would be online again within hours, the Bar Council of India secretary told Legally India, while ITES Horizon Pvt Ltd, the company contracted by the BCI to assist on the All India Bar Exam (AIBE), has not been possible to contact.
The allindiabarexamination.com website was built by ITES Horizon in October 2012 to allow electronic registrations in part for AIBE examinees, and to disseminate additional information. The costs for the upcoming 9 December exam were hiked by almost 50 per cent. The registration deadline was now over.
BCI secretary Jogi Ram Sharma told Legally India by telephone today that the BCI was not aware of the website having been offline. But after having sent a message to ITES, he said, the company promised at around 2pm that the site would be operational again within three hours or by this evening.
Sharma did not respond to an SMS seeking contact details for ITES Horizon, and the BCI assistant secretary and the BCI chairman were not reachable by telephone.
A message sent by Legally India to the email address listed ITES Horizon’s website bounced, the contact form did not work, and no phone number was listed on its website.
The internet Whois database, which records the details of web domains’ registrants, states that the company’s website at iteshorizon.com was registered in July 2012, and lists the name, telephone number and email address of Rakesh Neelam, based in Noida.
Neelam told Legally India he had entered into a franchise agreement with the owners of ITES Horizon around July 2012 for only one month. “After that I found it was not a reputed company I can work with”, he said, adding that he has since founded his own web and mobile technology company.
The person Neelam had liaised with in buying ITES’ domain was Alamgir Khan, who heads up another technology company in Hyderabad according to his Linked-in profile.
However, Alamgir Khan told Legally India that he was not involved in ITES at all. ITES’ current director Robab Khan had left Alamgir Khan’s company before joining ITES, but Alamgir Khan declined to confirm the date of her departure.
He said: “Information [about when she left) I can not provide you. I can not give any sort of explanation. We are not in touch with her. We have our own stuff.”
Legally India could not procure any contact details for Robab Khan, and at the time of going to press has not received a response to a message sent to her via Linked-in.
ITES Horizon Pvt Ltd was set up in 1999, according to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs’ (MCA) website. The webcheck facility to seek further information on the company was offline for maintenance on the MCA website at the time of going to press.