Registration rejected because the BCI considers the PU evening law course “invalid”, according to the High Court, which implicates the university


The Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered the indictment of the University of Punjab in a case filed by a former LLB evening course student, who claimed that the Indian Bar Council (BCI) had rejected his registration as a lawyer on the grounds that his law degree had obtained from the PU evening lot is not valid because it violates the rules of legal education.

Petitioner Tejinder Singh, who obtained his LLB from PU in 2018, applied to the Punjab and Haryana Bar Council (BCPH) in September 2018, to register as a lawyer . However, her claim was postponed for two years due to a contempt of court case against her. Singh then filed a petition in the High Court of Punjab and Haryana in 2019, seeking instructions from the BCPH to grant him registration, but the petition remained pending due to the lockdown.

Two years later, Tejinder filed a claim claiming that the Section 24A disqualification, if any, due to the court case had already ceased to exist. The BCPH informed the court that his case had been sent to the BCI for reference under Article 26 of the Law on Lawyers and that the BCI rejected his registration because his diploma was deemed “invalid” because it violates the Legal Education Rules 2000, mentions Singh’s claim.

Singh submitted to the BCPH that he had successfully completed the three-year LLB course in the 2015-18 academic year. His LLB (evening) classes were from 5:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at the Department of Law of the University of Punjab.

Singh has attached an order, dated February 24, 2021, from BCI to his application before HC. The BCI order states: “… it is accepted that candidate Tejinder Singh followed his law courses by attending evening classes which are not permitted by the legal training rules of the Indian Bar Council. In these circumstances, the candidate’s claim to have completed his law course is not a valid and legitimate claim … We cannot recognize that the law course and the diploma of this candidate are acceptable for the purpose of allowing his registration as lawyer on the board of the Punjab and Haryana State Bar Council or elsewhere on the board of any other state bar board in India … We also find it quite curious that, according to this candidate, the faculty of Punjab University law has organized evening classes beyond 7 PM even after amendment of the rules by BCI on the recommendation of the Legal Education Committee. Therefore, we simultaneously refer the facet of this blatant violation of the LEC rules by the relevant Legal Education Center to the Standing Committee of the Bar Council of India and, if found to be correct, take an appeal regarding the march. to be continued against the University… “

Singh filed another claim with HC on November 2, 2021, requesting that PU be challenged, stating that “if the degree is found to be invalid, the University should reimburse the petitioner’s full expenses for the course as well as compensation for lost time. , career and huge financial losses ”.

Singh had also sent PU a legal opinion. However, he received no response. Singh mentioned in the request that “it becomes necessary to seek clarification from the university regarding the validity of their course. This is basically a dispute between the University and the Bar Council of India. The petitioner pays the price for the absence of fault ”.

The case is brought by Singh against BCPH and BCI is already a party (respondent) in the case.


Nancy I. Romero