30 per cent lawyers in India fake: Bar Council Chief

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Thirty per cent lawyers in India are either fake, possessing ‘fraudulent’ law degrees or are non-practising person, Bar Council of India Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra has said. Mishra said these people were degrading the profession in the country.

“Thirty per cent of all lawyers are fake, who either hold fraudulent degrees or are non-practising persons and 20 per cent of those who sport lawyers robes do not have proper degrees,” Mishra said while addressing the Lawyers Meet 2015 on Saturday evening.

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In the meet, Mishra also pointed out how a Delhi Law Minister himself had a fake degree.

The BCI’s Certificate and Place of Practice (Verification) Rules 2015 is one of the steps taken to filter out fake, non-practicing and bad elements from the profession. The initiative, which was brought out in January this year, aims to check if someone on the rolls of the Bar Council was actually engaged in law practice.

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“Strikes on petty issues have become a regular phenomenon due to such persons, we are serious about this and will take stiff action,” he said.

Interestingly, Mishra’s views come only a few days after a fake law degree racket was unearthed by the Tamil Nadu Bar Council.

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