Delhi HC criticizes Bar Council for failure in online enrollment of law graduates

The Delhi High Court on Friday criticized the Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) for not having a procedure in place for online mode of enrollment of law graduates during the Covid-19 epidemic.

A Single bench of Justice Navin Chawla was hearing petition filed by four law graduates from Bihar Abhishek Anand, Gaurav Kumar, Priya Ranjan and Anurag Yadav seeking an online process for enrollment in the Bar Council of Delhi.

The Petition claimed that the Bar Councils of several other states  like Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh had started online enrollment of law graduates.

The Court observed that "When everything is going digital during the COVID-19 pandemic, how can we accept the argument that it might be difficult for BCD to go online" ?. The Court has adjourned the matter while giving the Council one week's time to file a reply in the matter.

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Earlier, the High Court had asked the BCD to reply on the question of the process in place for online enrollment after hearing the Petitioners which states that in the event of their failure to enroll themselves with the Council they would not be eligible to sit for the All India Bar Examination.