The Bar Council of Tamil Nadu-Pondichery (BCTP) has become the first statutory body in the country to reject the enrollment plea of law graduates, who completed direct post-graduate degree programme under the open university scheme.
The legal basis for the tough action by the Council was based on an order by a division bench of the Madras High Court, which in February 2008 held that a master’s degree obtained through the open university system, without a foundation degree or the basic degree, was invalid.
The bench comprising Justices P K Misra and K K Sasidharan had also ruled that such a degree was not valid for any purpose, including employment.
D Selvam, Chairman of the Enrollment Committee of the BCTP, told UNI that the enrollment applications of at least 34 candidates had been rejected and suitable recommendations were forwarded to the Bar Council of India (BCI).
Mr R K Chandramohan, Chairman of the BCTP, said the Council resolved to adopt a no-nonsense stand on the issue, as the February 2008 order was upheld by the apex court recently.
Besides these 34 candidates, another 130 practicing advocates were also facing a problem as they had completed direct PG degree from an open university. Prominent among them was famous educationalist Mr Jeppiaar.
These 130 candidates were allowed to practice many years ago, with a condition that they would be stripped of their license if the case was decided against them.