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BCI withdraws school quota request: letter was admin error

Yesterday's letter that ruffled the wrong feathers
Yesterday's letter that ruffled the wrong feathers
Breaking: The Bar Council of India (BCI) today retracted its 5 January request to the administrators of all Indian law schools to reserve at least two seats in each course for BCI nominees.

BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said: “I had already withdrawn that [16 December] decision and asked the office not to send that letter [received yesterday by law school registrars and principals]. They sent it by mistake. That is why I have asked them today to send a letter retracting that resolution. That resolution was not final.

“The council will do nothing before discussing with all the colleges. It is not feasible,” he added.

A BCI official confirmed that the letter retracting the request was sent to various law schools from the BCI’s office today.

Yesterday, law schools had received the BCI’s letter stating that on 2 December 2012, on the proposal of the BCI’s executive committee member TS Ajith, the BCI had resolved to ask them to provide the reservation, and that the BCI’s general body had accepted this resolution on 16 December 2012.

BCI legal education committee member and former NLSIU vice chancellor NL Mitra said yesterday that the legal education committee was not party to the resolution, while a national law university vice chancellor promised to strongly oppose it.

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