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Kerala HC allows nuns to practise law

Earlier, a single judge had permitted Sister Teena Jose, Sister Tessy and Father Thomas to enrol as advocates.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2006 22:35 IST

The Kerala High Court on Tuesday permitted nuns and priests to practise law.

A Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice VK Bali and Justice JB Koshy, held that the clergy - be it a priest or nun - as a class professing religion would not "attract the bar for entry into the profession as created under the Bar Council Rules."

The Bench dismissed a writ appeal filed by the Bar Council of India challenging a single judge's order permitting priests and nuns to enrol as advocates.

"Simply because an applicant was seeking entry into a noble profession professing religion, that itself was not enough to reject his/her application and to ban them from practising law," it said.

Earlier, a single judge had permitted Sister Teena Jose, Sister Tessy and Father Thomas Puthussery to enrol as advocates. The Bar Council of India had filed an appeal challenging this decision.

However, the Bar Council of Kerala did not challenge the single judge's decision.

First Published: Mar 21, 2006 16:48 IST