On March 03, 2017, the Supreme Court of India has issued a stay order against the Bar Council of India’s notification regarding the age limit for admission into the LL.B programmes. Earlier, on March 01, 2017, the Bar Council of India passed a resolution that increased the age-limit for the 5 year Law programme and 3-year law programme to 22 and 45 years of age, respectively. This resolution was passed on the basis of the recommendation made by the Supreme Court’s hearing held on February 28, 2017, where the court directed BCI to “take a good decision…take such a decision so that no one should come to court.”
According to Justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao, who presided today’s bench said the court would examine the BCI’s notification regarding the age-limit for the 3-year and 5-year LL.B programmes. The bench said that “Stay on notification of September 17, 2016, pending decision and all consequential acts taken thereof,” and the next hearing regarding the same will be held in the 3rd week of July 2017.
According to Senior advocate Sanjay Hedge, who is also representing the petitioners, said that the new notification introducing the age-limit violates the fundamental rights of the law aspirants of the nation.
During the court hearing, the lawyer representing BCI requested to the court that the admission of the petitioners into the LL.B programmes must be subjected to the final outcome of the case. However, the bench denied the request and said, “to the contrary, we are inclined to say that it won’t be subject to the outcome of this case”.
The CLAT Convener Dr. A. Laxminath, who also happens to be the Vice Chancellor of Chanakya National Law University, says that the CLAT committee will abide by the Supreme Court’s decision and the age criteria in the CLAT 2017 prospectus will be removed.