24 May 2011
Dear Mr. Palnitkar, I also thought so. But yesterday I received a phone call from Chennai saying that Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai has prescribed 30 years as the maximum age for admission. But in Delhi University, there is no such age restriction. I had advised the Chennai person to ascertain the following information from Bar Council of India. (a) Whether Bar Council of India has prescribed any maximum age limit for admission to 3 year LL.B. Course? If so the relevant rule, notification thereof.
(b) If answer to question (a) is in the affirmative, whether it is mandatory for all the Universities to adopt the said maximum age limit or it is left to their discretion?
(c) If BCI has not prescribed any maximum age limit for 3 year LL.B. Course, whether the Universities can prescribe such age restrictions?
Only BCI will be in a position to clarify the position.
24 May 2011
The Bar Council of India (BCI), which governs standards of legal education in India, introduced a 20 years age limit for the five-year LLB course and a 30 years age bar for the three-year LLB course.
25 May 2011
I have already stated that age restriction was introduced by the BCI but the said rule was stayed. I shall ascertain the latest position on stay. University has no independant right to prescribe age limit for LL B admissions as the BCI alone has that power.
26 May 2011
Yes, Mr. Arunagiri is absolutely right. According to the said rule, 30 years is the maximum age limit for admission into 3 year LL.B. Course. I checked up with the Secretary to the BCI. I am given to understand that many High Courts have stayed that particular provision, and as such many of the Universities under the jurisdiction of those HCs are not observing the 30 year maximum age limit. BCI is reported to have moved the SC for consolidating the writ petitions pending in various HCs and to dispose of the matter. The matter is yet to be finally decided by the SC.
28 May 2011
Suppose if the rule is stayed by one HC, whether the rule operates in other parts of the country outside jurisdiction of that HC? Take example of Delhi HC judgment relating to gays. Does gay relations are valid only in Delhi?