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BCI sticks with August AIBE date, formally tenders old Rainmaker contract within 8 days

AIBE desk, still unfilled
AIBE desk, still unfilled
Breaking: The Bar Council of India (BCI) has formally confirmed on its website that the fourth all India bar examination (AIBE) will be held in August 2012, and has invited tenders from third-party “expert agencies” to help conduct next AIBE.

The notification did not specify the exact date for the exam, but invited tenders from “expert agencies” willing to conduct the exam on terms and conditions prescribed by a BCI sub-committee.

It said: “In the matter of selection of agency, decision of the Bar Council of India (and the High Level Committee) shall be final and shall not be questioned before any forum or any court of law.”

The high level committee referred to by the BCI will be a committee controlling and supervising the exam. As explained by the BCI previously, the committee will consist of Supreme Court and high court judges, “legal luminaries” and members of the BCI and state bar councils.

The notification added that interested agencies must submit “full details of the ways and means to hold the examination” along with a demand draft of Rs 2,000 to the BCI secretary, before 30 June 2012.

The selection will be based on their “past experience, reputation, performance, infrastructure”.

BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra had first orally confirmed to Legally India three weeks ago that the exam will be held in August.

The contract of third-party agency Rainmaker, which had assisted on the first three bar exams, had ended in March 2012, reported Legally India in early May.

The total value of Rainmaker’s contract over the last three exams was approximately 70 per cent (or Rs 4.8 crore) out of total receipts of Rs 6.9 crore, Legally India and Mint had first reported In February. This was recently re-confirmed by an RTI petition filed on behalf of legal website Bar & Bench.

The last AIBE took place in January.

Update: The BCI removed the words “to be held in August 2012” from the text of Friday’s notification on its website that confirmed that the fourth AIBE will be held this August. The notification text now only covers the call for tenders. BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said: “That may be a mistake on the part of the office but we are going to hold it [the exam] in August.”

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