Special Correspondent

The petitioner said the council had acted in an unfair manner

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has granted interim stay of operation of a notice of November 16 issued by the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu (BCT) to an advocate of Neyveli seeking to cancel his enrolment.

The BCT had notified that 100 advocates who had obtained postgraduate degree without undergoing basic degree and a formal 12 years of schooling had been removed from the council rolls.

In his petition, Arasu Nachiappan said he had completed Standard XII and had to undertake employment to sustain his family.

His ambition to become a lawyer prompted him to undergo M.A (History) in Annamalai Open University. Thereafter, he studied law.

He was issued a notice dated November 16 by the BCT seeking to cancel his enrolment and he was directed to surrender the enrolment certificate and identity card within 15 days. He said the council had acted in an unfair manner.

The council had overlooked the fact that if a university issued a certificate conferring a law degree that was final so far as the council was concerned. The Dr. Ambedkar Law University admitted even those who obtained a postgraduate degree from an open university to the law course.

In the order, Justice K. Suguna said there would be an interim stay of the impugned order till December 21. Interim stay was granted on two other petitions.