43% Layers Are Fake..Check Before You Hire

New Delhi: Half of the lawyers roaming around the court corridors in India are fake,If believed the verification drive of the Bar Council of India's two year old verification drive.Earlier this week, BCI chief Manan Kumar Mishra announced before Chief Justice of India J S Khehar and other senior Supreme Court judges that its ongoing drive had already cut the number of genuine lawyers to 55-60% of those roaming court corridors across the country as quoted by a Times of India report."The number of practicing lawyers is about to cut 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.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."Voters are lawyers enrolled with various State Bar Councils to practice law in respective trial courts and the state's high court. The figures left CJI Khehar troubled. "I am so happy that BCI has started the verification process. But it is not only about people with fake degrees, but also about those having no degrees.These people work without even having a licence.They go to court and practice without any authority. We need to check this right from the beginning," the CJI observed, saying BCI's Certificate and Place of Practice Rules must root out unruly and criminal elements from the legal fraternity.The CJI, who as a young lawyer defended Justice V Ramaswami during his proceedings by Parliament, in a word of advice during his speech: "Everyone needs a good, competent lawyer, be it the Prime Minister or a judge of the Supreme Court." He urged BCI to train young lawyers to make them understand the profession and its work ethics and asked the apex lawyers' body to improve the quality of legal institutions by training and helping litigants and making the lawyers competent enough to discharge their obligations towards society.These fake degrees are of Lawyers enrolled in the bar council years before are untraceable and their certificates are missing,fake law degree certificates, Lawyers who have completed law on the basis of their direct masters degree under open university scheme,which is not permissible as per Supreme Court ruling