IN AN effort to check the entry of the criminals and mafia element into legal practice, the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh has decided to urge the government to bring amendment in the Advocate Registration Act.
A meeting of the office bearers of the Bar Council in this regard was held on Sunday. The meeting was presided over by Advocate General SMA Kazmi.
Later talking to media persons, chairman of the Council Ajay Yadav said that at present any law graduate who had attained 25 years of age and was a citizen of the country could enroll with the council for legal practice.
There was no effective measure to scrutinise the character of law graduates, who apply for registration. To prevent such elements from becoming members of the bar, there was an urgent need to amend the Act, Yadav said.
Admitting that criminals had entered into the legal practice, Yadav said that their entry had sullied the image of the lawyers.
Members of the Bar Council said that they had also raised demand for implementing age limit for registration. Persons up to 45 years age should be permitted for registration while banning entry of retired persons into legal practice, Yadav opined.
Though Supreme Court in an order, had set aside the age bar for legal practice, however, the UP Bar Council had decided to move an amendment proposal in its next meeting, Yadav said. Five States, including West Bengal, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat had already passed the order banning the registration of the persons, who had crossed 45 years, for legal practice, Yadav added.
Not the lawyers who were practicing but registered advocates were actually tarnishing the image of the legal practitioners, he lamented.
He further said that the Bar Council had planned to invite Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in UP Lawyers’ Milan Samaroh to be held soon. The council would then urge the Chief Minister to give green signal to the welfare schemes for the young lawyers.
The main demand includes no enrollment fee, chamber, books and monthly allowance for five years. The Council would also start construction of a guesthouse for lawyers in Gomti Nagar. The State Government had allotted the land free of cost to the council.