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SC has stayed BCI's certificate of practice rules meant to catch fake lawyers, reports LiveLaw

The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the new Bar Council of India’s (BCI) Certificate and Place of Practice (Verification) Rules 2015 that it had passed in January 2015, reported LiveLaw.

A Supreme Court bench of justices Pinaki Chandra Ghose and RK Agrawal, while hearing a transfer petition of several high court challenges of the controversial rules by the Bar Council of India (BCI) stayed the rules with the following order:

Issue notice. Dasti service, in addition, is permitted. In the meantime, no further steps be taken in the matters which are pending in the High Courts.

LiveLaw had reported that the Kerala high court had stayed operation of the rules in June.

Apparently relying on early responses to the mandatory registration of all lawyers, which has to be renewed every five years, the BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra had said that a third of India’s lawyers may be “fake".

However, in the BCI later told the law ministry that there was no way of knowing how many lawyers were not actually lawyers until the verification exercise was complete.

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