Almost half of the people claiming to be lawyers are fake: Bar Council of India

In an announcement made to the Chief Justice of India JS Khehar, bar council chief Manan Kumar Mishra has said that only 55-60% of lawyers, in court across the country, may be genuine.

Almost half of the people claiming to be lawyers are fake: Bar Council of India

In an announcement made to the Chief Justice of India JS Khehar, bar council chief Manan Kumar Mishra has said that only 55-60% of lawyers, in court across the country, may be genuine.

"The number of practising lawyers is about to come down to 55-60% after the completion of the verification process. This will certainly improve the quality of our legal profession," Mishra told a gathering of lawyers and judges at a function held to felicitate CJI Khehar.


Citing figures, Mishra said: "As per the 2012 election statistics of BCI, we had almost 14 lakh voters, but since this verification process has started, we have received only 6.5 lakh applications."

CJI Khehar, lauding the BCI said, "I am so happy that BCI has started the verification process. But it is not only about people with false degrees, but also those with no degrees. These people work without a licence. They go to court and practice without any authority. We need to start much before, right from the institutions."

However, this process of sifting fake lawyers from the real ones is not a very easy task.

It was reported earlier this month that the drive had hit a roadblock with universities demanding fees for verifying certificates.

The Hindustan Times had reported that Delhi Bar Counsel chief Balakrishnan had told the Supreme Court last month that the body would have to foot a bill of ₹4 crore as each university was asking for a fixed price. The newspaper had reported the Bar Council of India as saying, the 1.3 million lawyers in India needed certificates otherwise their names would be struck off the roles.