Colleges and educational institutions conducting law courses will have to admit students more than 30 years of age to the course.
Advocate Yasmin Tavaria had filed a public interest litigation challenging the resolution passed by the Bar Council of India (BCI) restricting to 30 years the age for taking up the law course.
The Andhra Pradesh High Court on April 6 suspended Clause 28 of the resolution, which restricted the age to 30 years.
Tavaria filed an affidavit stating the order of the high court of the neighbouring state would also be applicable in the state. "Even in the state of Maharashtra, the aforesaid Clause 28 cannot operate," stated the affidavit.
This means, for the academic year 2009-10, admission will have to be granted by all institutes imparting legal education, ignoring the resolution.
If educational institutes fail to grant admission, then they will be liable to face action for having committed contempt of court.
The Andhra Pradesh High Court had suspended the resolution following a petition filed by Varaganti Kannaiah Ellaiah, Ravuru Guruswamy Naidu Manjunath and Pagadala Venkata Swamy Ramanaiah, who wanted to do law.
Tavaria had filed a petition in the Bombay High Court challenging the BCI resolution, terming it arbitrary and a violation of constitutional rights.
The high court is also hearing a petition filed by Shabnam Mulani (39), a woman constable, who has challenged the resolution as she was refused admission in a law course.
The high court asked the council to file its reply on the affidavit. On September 14, the BCI passed the age limit resolution.
It said nobody above the age of 20 and 30 would be admitted to the five-year law course for undergraduates and the post-graduate three-year course respectively.