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Breaking: SC allows bar exam transfer petition but no urgency to rule on exam’s validity

Exclusive: The Supreme Court today allowed the Bar Council of India’s (BCI) transfer petition clubbing together six high court writ petitions challenging the all India bar examination (AIBE) but declined to hear the exam’s constitutional validity just now citing its postponement to March next year.

The matter had been put up before the Chief Justice’s bench for “first hearing in the after notice matter” category following a prolonged apex court summoning process that concluded in November, having first been initiated in August. The Supreme Court had also dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) had then issued directions for a combined hearing in the matter.

Senior advocate Dushyant Dave’s assisting counsel Anirudh Rajput, who appeared on behalf of a group of Aurangabad law students, was in court today before the Chief Justice and argued for a ruling on the statutory validity of the AIBE.

According to Rajput the judge ordered to let the students appear later because there was no urgency since the exam had been postponed until March.

Justices K S Panicker Radhakrishnan and Swatanter Kumar were the other judges constituting the bench.

Rajput added that the next date of hearing would be determined in future when the Supreme Court web site was updated with new hearing dates. Otherwise, he said, they would approach the Supreme Court registry to get it mentioned for a final hearing in January.

Additional Solicitor General Parag P Tripathi appeared for the BCI.

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