Almost Half of India’s Lawyers Are Fake, Says Bar Council
Almost half of India's lawyers are fake, an ongoing verification drive by the Bar Council of India (BCI) has revealed.
BCI chief Manan Kumar Mishra told the Chief Justice of India, JS Khehar, that the number of genuine lawyers has been cut down to 55-60 percent of the total across courtrooms in India, as a result of the drive.
Times of India quoted Mishra as saying:
This includes people with fake degrees as well as individuals without degrees.
Mishra elaborated that the council had almost 14 lakh voters as per its 2012 election statistics, which has been reduced to the council receiving just 6.5 lakh applications since the verification process started.
CJI Khehar, lauding the BCI said:
According to the BCI, there are 1.3 million lawyers in India and all of them need to get their certificates verified or else their names would be struck out of the rolls, Hindustan Times reported.
The issue came to light after a complaint in 2015 led to the ouster of Delhi law minister Jitender Singh Tomar.
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