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Strong argument: A.S. Murugan of Madurai.
Strong argument: A.S. Murugan of Madurai.

Mohamed Imranullah S.

“I did not take leave even for a single day because I was very serious about becoming a lawyer.”

MADURAI: Forty-two-year-old A.S. Murugan, a law graduate from Solai Azhagupuram here, was afflicted with polio at the age of one. For him, the distress of walking with a limp for the past 40 years is of no great concern when compared to the mental agony caused due to the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu’s refusal to enrol him as a lawyer.

He could not complete his schooling for want of finance. His mother, he claims, had sold about 40 sovereigns of jewellery in order to cure him. But her efforts went in vain and he was left with no option but to look after an oil store owned by his elder brother who was a document writer by profession.

Mr. Murugan married one of his relatives and also became a father of two children. It was only after propping up of domestic disputes over his measly income, he decided to study law. After obtaining a Master’s degree through Open University system, he got selected for the three year Bachelor of Law course in 2005.

He cleared the entrance examination conducted by Dr. Ambedkar Law University and studied B.L. at the Madurai Law College between 2005 and 2008. “I did not take leave even for a single day because I was very serious about becoming a lawyer. I also valued the opportunity I had got to study at this age,” he says.

His desire to wear the black robes and put forth vociferous arguments before the courts did not fructify as the Bar Council passed an order on October 19 refusing to enrol him. The Council said that the Supreme Court had recently held as invalid, a Master’s degree obtained without undergoing a Bachelor’s degree.

“If my Master’s degree is invalid, then why did the Law University admit me into the B.L. course? Now I am in a precarious position. I am a law graduate but not a lawyer. I know law but cannot practise it. I have a law degree but only to be displayed in my house. Even my wife will not respect me if she happens to know this,” he rues.

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