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Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Bar Council issued a circular stating that the advocates who are practicing without clearing the All India Bar Exchange (AIBE) Exam will be removed by the state bar council. The circular was issued by the Bar Council on November 8 and the circular notified that the removal of the advocates will be started without giving any notice.
It was noted by the State Bar Council that in compliance with the Bar Council of India (BCI) Rules the AIBE has been conducted ten times from 2010. However, in the meeting of BCI held in 2012 it was cleared by the BCI that the newly enrolled advocates in the state bar can practice provisionally for two years without giving the exam but to practice beyond this provisional period in any court of law or tribunal the advocates have to clear the said exam within the two years from the date of their enrollment in the respective state bar councils.
Madras High Court in its order dated July 3, 2015 has directed that Bar Council to suspend the advocates who are practicing without clearing the AIBE Exam within the prescribed period of time.
Thousand advocates are named in a list along with the circular for the removal process and the circular also noted that the advocates so removed shall not be given any benefits under the advocates welfare fund scheme and shall also not be entitled to vote in the court’s bar association in which they have enrolled themselves.