BUDDING LAWYERS from prominent law schools in the country put up a very professional show in the final round of the 23rd Bar Council of India Moot Court competition here on Sunday afternoon.
Their efforts were wowed by senior members of the judiciary including Supreme Court judge Justice Ashok Bhan and chief justice of MP High Court Justice A K Patnaik.
Indian Law School, Pune, team represented in the final round by P Dwarakesh and Shraddha won the moot court competition, hosted by the National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal, while the team of the National Law University, Jodhpur represented by Anurag Vyas and Sonakshi Jha were declared runners up.
Other major laurels were taken by students of National Law School, Bangalore with Raghavendra Singh bagging the best male student advocate award and Bhavna Das bagging the best female advocate award as well as BCI Scholarship.
NLS, Bangalore also took away the best memorial award during the competition.
The winning team of ILS, Pune made almost faultless presentation as counsels for petitioners (general category students) in a mock public interest litigation pertaining to the 93rd amendment of constitution providing reservation to backward class students in private unaided institutions.
Having faltered on some basic legal aspects while presenting their case, the team of NLU, Jodhpur, who appeared as counselors for Government of India was declared as runners up by the bench of judges including Justice Bhan, Justice Patnaik, Administrative Judge of MP High Court Justice Deepak Verma, vice-chairman of the Bar Council of India R V Raghuvanshi and member of the BCI SNP Sinha.
Members of the winning team made very sharp presentations laced with pertinent case laws and solid arguments while demanding that the constitutional amendment be set aside as unconstitutional.
About 30 teams from prominent law schools in the country participated in the annual BCI Moot Court Competition – that is considered one of the most prestigious moot court competitions in the country. This is the first time that the two-day event was held in Bhopal.
The semi-final and final rounds were held at Ravindra Bhavan. While the team of host institute was eliminated in quarterfinals, apart from winners and runners up the team of NLS Bangalore and NUJS, Kolkata reached the semi-finals.
Justice Ashok Bhan says no alternative to hard work
SENIOR JUDICIARY members on Sunday said there was no alternative to sincerity and hard work in the profession of law and called upon budding lawyers to protect the rule of law in democracy.
Speaking at the valedictory session-cum-prize distribution function of the moot court competition, Supreme Court judge Justice Ashok Bhan emphasised there was no alternative to sincerity and hard work and the old adage that a lawyer needs 99 per cent hard work and one per cent luck still holds true.
He said the present day law students had a better platform in the form of national law schools from where they can launch themselves in a professional manner and students should make best use of this.
Justice Bhan also said integrity and honesty should be the hallmark of lawyers and thinking that those two attributes were meant only for judges was totally wrong.
He said unless there are lawyers with integrity and honesty one cannot expect judges with these virtues as more than 60 per cent judges come from the clan of lawyers.
He also said it was heartening to note that law students, particularly girls were doing so well. Chief Justice of MP High Court Justice A K Patnaik said present day law students would be prominent lawyers and judges of tomorrow and they should vow to protect rule of law under any circumstances.
He said it was the responsibility of law schools to churn out such students who could carry the burden of protecting rule of law.
MP Bar Council chairman Ramesh Nikhra, BCI member representing MP V K Bharadwaj and Justice Deepak Mishra were also present apart from other senior judges.
The welcome address was delivered by director of NLIU Prof Balraj Chouahan. Faculty in-charge Kavita Singh and Moot Court competition convener Sankalp Kochar also spoke on the occasion.