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Bar Council to derecognise ‘rebel’ colleges

Published : Aug 10, 2016, 2:01 am IST
Updated : Aug 10, 2016, 2:01 am IST

The Bar Council of India (BCI) has decided to crack the whip on law colleges in the state after some colleges and their principals were found creating unrest among all the colleges in the state and de

The Bar Council of India (BCI) has decided to crack the whip on law colleges in the state after some colleges and their principals were found creating unrest among all the colleges in the state and demanding freedom from the BCI’s affiliation and recognition.

In light of the rebellion, the BCI held a meeting with the state education ministry and has said that it would be taking a decision on derecognising some of the errant law colleges in Maharashtra in its standing committee meeting to be held in Allahabad on August 11.

According to advocate Satish Deshmukh, vice-chairman, BCI, it had come to the notice of the council that some of the oldest law colleges in the state had been instigating other colleges to rebel against the BCI. “Many law colleges have stopped applying for recognition from the BCI and some of them have not renewed recognition since 2008. The BCI formed an inquiry committee in this regard, which met the higher and technical education ministry recently and apprised them of the errant colleges. The colleges instigating other colleges have surprisingly found to be toeing the line and applying for renewal of recognition with the BCI regularly,” said Mr Deshmukh.

He added that the recent Law-CET conducted by the state government for admissions to law colleges in the state was illegal and the committee also asked the ministry to give an explanation on the same. “The Law-CET was conducted by the state with the help of the principals of four colleges who have been at the root of the trouble. The inquiry by the BCI committee has also revealed that they are the ones who have spurred other colleges to file a petition in the high court asking for freedom from BCI too,” said Mr Deshmukh.

Mr Deshmukh said that names would be disclosed after the standing committee of the council met on August 11.

“The BCI will be discussing the errant colleges as well as 10 other colleges that were restrained from conducting admissions this year, but still went ahead with the admissions,” he said.