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Bar Council of India (BCI)

28 February 2011

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose Exclusive: The Bar Council of India (BCI) has today managed to get the bar exam petition filed by three former GLC Mumbai students transferred from the Bombay High Court to the Supreme Court (SC) after its counsel moved an affidavit urging the court to club together the ongoing litigation with other such challenges.

22 February 2011

Hall admission passes for the 6 March all India bar exam will also be available for download over the internet, announced the Bar Council of India (BCI), also revising upwards from 37 to 143 the number of applicants who had not yet received any study materials in the post.

18 February 2011

Gopal-Subranium-Solicitor-General-BCI-chairman Admit cards and hall passes for candidates sitting the all India bar exam on 6 March will be dispatched by registered post or will be available at the exam venue, Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman and solicitor general Gopal Subramanium said today.

15 February 2011

The apex court yesterday rejected the second anticipatory bail application of Bar Council of India’s (BCI’s) vice-chairman and alleged co-accused R Dhanapal Raj in the CBI graft case, as defence counsel Ram Jethmalani’s assurances that appellants would not “tamper with evidence” failed to elicit positive response from the judges.

14 February 2011

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose Exclusive: Contradicting earlier Bar Council of India (BCI) claims, the lawyer of one group of petitioners challenging the all India bar exam said that a large number of students had not yet received their study materials, following an adjournment of today’s Bombay High Court hearing to 23 February.

07 February 2011

New ethical guidelines for lawyers would be ready by the end of this year, Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman and solicitor general Gopal Subramanium told a number of papers, in contrast to earlier plans to have the rules adopted by October 2010.

03 February 2011

Only 377 applicants out of 22,267 have not completed their bar exam forms correctly, while only 38 have not received their study materials, according to Bar Council of India (BCI) records released today.

02 February 2011

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose Breaking: The Bar Council of India (BCI) said yesterday that all 22,267 applicants for the all India bar exam have been sent their preparation papers and that the first exam go ahead as planned by 6 March 2011.

31 January 2011

Indian Rupee currency bills (XL) Exclusive: Delhi Bar Council member Rajinder Singh Rana is understood to have withdrawn his bail plea in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of alleged law school accreditation bribes, as the Delhi High Court has now also denied anticipatory bail to the co-accused BCI vice-chairman R Dhanapal Raj after the end of four weeks of the Madras High Court-granted interim bail.

31 January 2011

Law Minister-Veerappa Moily Law minister Veerappa Moily admitted that the entry of foreign firms could be good for business if local lawyers were allowed to build capacity before an “onslaught from the rest of the world” and that he had seen 80 national law school graduates prosper at London firms, in a revealing interview with the Mint paper today, adding that the door was still open to transfer the Chennai writ petition against foreign firms to the Supreme Court.

Arguing that legal education should be taken away from the BCI, he denied that the Bar Council of India (BCI) should feel threatened by the Legal Practitioner’s Bill.

28 January 2011

image In a letter to BCI chairman Gopal Subramanium, American Bar Association (ABA) president N Zack urged the Bar Council of India (BCI) to maintain “status quo” when discussing the entry of foreign law firms tomorrow (29 January).

12 January 2011

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The Bar Council of India (BCI) has finally announced the much-awaited schedule of this year’s edition of its moot court competition, which will be an international moot for the first time.

12 January 2011

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose Exclusive: The Bar Council of India (BCI) has again declined to disclose detailed information in respect of its contract with the company running the postponed all-India bar exam, following an appeal to an earlier right to information (RTI) request.

However, the BCI has now reversed its response to the original RTI and claimed that it did in fact solicit tenders from competing service providers - Tata Consultancy Services, Sify and Imaging Solutions - before it awarded the contract to Rainmaker.

04 January 2011

rupees_med The Delhi High Court has rejected the third bail application of Bar Council of India (BCI) member Rajinder Singh Rana, who with two other lawyers is accused of taking a bribe to accredit a law college.

The court held that bar council members were “public servants” and the Prevention of Corruption Act would apply, also agreeing with the CBI’s argument that Rana’s influential status would hamper investigations if released on bail.

Read on for the full allegations, evidence and chronology of events, according to court documents.

03 January 2011

Law minister Veerappa Moily said the government had finished a Bill to set up a new National Commission for Higher Legal Education and Research, which would replace the BCI as the regulatory body responsible for legal education, recognition of law colleges and a unified law school curriculum.

23 December 2010

Following the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) detaining Bar Council of India (BCI) member Rajinder Singh Rana and another lawyer for allegedly taking a bribe to accredit a law college, Delhi lawyers have gone on strike against and allegedly intimidated the CBI while the BCI has suspended college inspections for three months.

21 December 2010

The Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) has detained Bar Council of India (BCI) elected member Rajendra Singh Rana allegedly for taking bribes to accredit a Ghaziabad-based law college, reported the Press Trust of India (PTI).

13 December 2010

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose 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.

10 December 2010

Madras advocates have called for abstinence from court work today (10 December) to protest against the Legal Practitioner Bill 2010 citing the Advocate Act’s efficacy to deal with issues of client protection and regulation of the legal professions.

03 December 2010

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This week the Delhi bar council settled what sounded like quite a violent fist and pistol fight between two elected members, allegedly.

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