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Bar exam writ hits Delhi HC on new grounds to disclose exam results

The All India Bar Examination (AIBE) is set to face yet another challenge in the Delhi High Court as former law student Anoop Prakash Awasthi has filed a fresh writ seeking the court’s direction to the Bar Council of India (BCI) to make the exam’s results public rather than granting a mere pass or fail certificate.

Awasthi, whose public interest litigation (PIL) against AIBE was rejected by the Supreme Court in August last year even before even the BCI moved its transfer petition, has approached the Delhi High Court for three-pronged relief based on different grounds this time.

“To declare statement of marks scored by Advocate aspirants in the scheduled All India Bar Examination dated: 06.03.2011. To declare on its website, answers to the questions to be asked in the scheduled All India Bar Examination dated: 06.03.2011 within a week of examination. Refrain from awarding prizes to the best scorers in the scheduled All India Bar Examination,” Awasthi stated in his petition.

According to Awasthi, disclosing the AIBE results scored by candidates is imperative to cross-check and prevent errors that may crop up due to faulty computer programming and “to enable advocate-aspirants to calculate their chances of qualifying exam and to make representation in case of wrong answers, if any, erroneously crept in the answer list”.

The outcome of Awasthi’s petition would be known tomorrow when it is likely to be listed before the court for admission, he said.

Citing a Legally India article in the petition that the BCI would award the three highest scores in the All India Bar Examination with prizes in the name of Shri M.K. Nambyar, Shri N.A. Palakhiwala and Hon’ble Justice Mr. H.R. Khanna, he added in his petition: “Such awards may amount pseudo-branding of certain advocates as super-talented advocates within the young lot and hence shall frustrate the purpose of very examination, which otherwise is just a screening entry level Examination. If the said examination is intended to be a competitive examination and the toppers are to be rewarded, then marks obtained by each of the candidates have to be made known.”

Yesterday the Bombay High Court clubbed the last of the remaining high court writ petitions against the bar exam into the pending Supreme Court case.

The AIBE will be held this Sunday on 6 March 2011.

Click here to download the petition.

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