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5-judge Bench to rule on AIBE issue

“Let it go to a five-judge Constitution Bench for an authoritative pronouncement on all the relevant issues,” said a bench led by Chief Justice T S Thakur.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 19, 2016 3:15 am

A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court will rule upon the legal validity of the All India Bar Examination (AIBE) and the pre-enrolment training for lawyers before granting them licence to practice.

“Let it go to a five-judge Constitution Bench for an authoritative pronouncement on all the relevant issues,” said a bench led by Chief Justice T S Thakur as it framed three questions for consideration of the larger bench.

The Constitution Bench will examine the authority of the Bar Council of India to make rules for conducting pre-enrolment training and pre-enrolment examination to assess eligibility of law graduates. It will also reconsider a two-judge bench judgment that had held the BCI lacked such power under the Advocates Act.

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