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BCI not happy with disenfranchisement

The Bar Council of India (BCI) is displeased about plans to take away legal education from its ambit by the ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD).

"There appears to be some hidden agenda behind it for facilitating foreign firms to establish their offices in India, which has been opposed by the BCI for want of reciprocity," BCI chairman SNP Sinha told the Hindustan Times.

The HRD has set up a round table on legal education to look into overhauling the regulation of law schools, which is currently the BCI's exclusive preserve.

Sinha (pictured) added: "They (HRD Ministry) had invited me to attend the first meeting of the 12-member Round Table on Legal Education on September 7, but I have decided not to attend it."

Sinha has told Legally India in the past that legal education is top of its agenda and that it wants to shut down "mushrooming" law schools that provide inferior legal education.

Last week we reported that the Society of India Law Firms (SILF), after talks with Law Minister Veerappa Moily, also expected that legal education would be taken under the umbrella of the HRD.

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