SC: Clear concerns about advocates’ exam fast

The Supreme Court has ordered that representations from lawyers who failed Advocate-On-Record examination,conducted under its aegis,be cleared as soon as possible.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 13, 2013 1:54 am

The Supreme Court has ordered that representations from lawyers who failed Advocate-On-Record examination,conducted under its aegis,be cleared as soon as possible.

“We dispose of the writ petition with the observation that the representation may be disposed of early and,if possible,within two weeks from date,” a Bench led by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir said Wednesday.

The Bench was hearing a petition,filed by one of the failed candidates Mukesh Kumar Sharma,that expressed doubts over evaluation of the paper on professional ethics and advocacy and sought re-evaluation of answer sheets by an independent board.

The counsel for the examiner,the court’s administrative,Additional Solicitor General Gourab Banerjee called Sharma’s claim that 420 of 450 candidates flunked the paper “misleading”. No more than 62 to 63 per cent candidates failed,he claimed. “I would,however,agree that this paper was strictly checked. Moreover,there are around 32 representations pending before the administrative side of the court and hence filing of petition would not be an appropriate remedy,” he added.

To this the Bench said in such circumstances,it would be proper to wait for the representations to be decided. It then disposed of the petition and ordered that these be quickly decided.

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