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History repeating: BCI knocks own website offline after (again) forgetting to renew BarCouncilofIndia.org [UPDATE]

In fairness, the BCI has a lot of things on its hands these days...

One to add to the BCI's todo list, if someone else doesn't pick up the domain first...
One to add to the BCI's todo list, if someone else doesn't pick up the domain first...

The official website of the Bar Council of India (BCI) at www.barcouncilofindia.org has gone offline, after its domain name apparently expired on Saturday 26 November.

As of publication time, publicly accessibly domain registry records indicate that the domain name has not yet been renewed again since its expiry two days ago.

Update: As @mohitsingh8 has reminded us on Twitter, this is actually the second recorded time that the BCI has forgotten to renew its domain name: the domain name lapsed and took the site offline in 2010, in the midst of major All India Bar Exam (AIBE) confusion.

After expiry there is usually a grace period of several weeks during which the original domain name owner can renew their domain, so that third parties do not snap it up.

We have alerted the BCI and reached out to them for comment.

In its defense, the BCI has a lot on its plate at the moment, such as its verification drive of every single Indian lawyer caused it to suspend elections in at least 11 state bar councils (the Supreme Court has now ordered it to hold new elections, notwithstanding the long-going verification process).

On top of that, as we reported last week, the BCI had announced that it has not yet decided on a date for its All India Bar Exam (AIBE), which hasn't been held for 9 months. The BCI has also recently announced results for the foreign law degree domestic qualification exam, for which 18 candidates paid $32,000, waiting 14 weeks for results.

That said, the BCI has pitched to the Supreme Court that it should be put in charge of running a common law entrance test for all law colleges and universities in India, in light of its track record of running the AIBE in “most efficient and transparent manner”.

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