The Madras High Court Bench on Thursday ordered notice to the chief secretaries of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka governments and the union government on a writ filed seeking ban on enrolment of LLB graduates from other States in Tamil Nadu and restriction on their practise in the State.
Justice N. Kirubakaran impleaded the governments and the various bar associations in the State, besides the UGC and the union law commission among others, based on the petition filed by V. Ramesh, a Madurai based advocate.
“The noble profession of advocates is being polluted as individuals who have not even completed school education enrol themselves as advocates. The holders of LLB degrees, from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, most often involve themselves in kangaroo courts, illegal real-estate dealings, police-criminal nexus and other degrading activities”, the petitioner contended.
Mr Ramesh further alleged that the LLB degrees were ‘sold’ by universities in other States.
“The law degree is obtained by people without attending regular college and the examinations are not written by the applicants but by the agents of the brokers”, he claimed.
Most LLB degrees were obtained by producing bogus certificates with the help of brokers and the candidates after enrolling themselves in Tamil Nadu become members of bar associations, he said.
“In the recent 10 to 15 years the number of people entering the legal profession in the State has increased. Most of them are tainted individuals, whose criminal activities brings disrepute to the other lawyers who graduate from Tamil Nadu”, he further contended.
Therefore, he pleaded that the court should direct the Tamil Nadu Bar Council to trace the fake advocates in the State and that the court should constitute a committee headed by a retired high court judge to conduct an inquiry into the enrolment of lawyers, who graduated from other States in the past 10 years.
He sent a representation to the chairman of the bar council on April 3, 2013, but it was not considered, Mr Ramesh claimed.
Justice N. Kirubakaran, who heard the case, ordered notice and adjourned the case by 10 days.