Brokers selling LLB degrees; Madras High Court issues notice
The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has issued notice in a writ petition filed by Advocate V Ramesh alleging that LL.B. degrees are being sold and bought for a "meager price" in Universities functioning in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
It is contended in the writ petition that unscrupulous elements have entered the legal profession in Tamil Nadu and are "involving themselves in kangaroo courts, illegal real estate dealings, police criminal nexus and other degrading activities through the LL.B. degrees procured from other States namely Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka etc".
The Petitioner has further alleged that law degrees are being obtained without attending regular college and even examinations are written by the agents of the brokers who engage in seat laundering for candidates in Tamil Nadu. He has also alleged that candidates with such bogus degrees then enroll as advocates in Tamil Nadu and subsequently become members of Bar Associations etc.
The Petitioner has, inter alia, prayed for directions to be issued to the Tamil Nadu Bar Council Chairman to frame guidelines to regulate the admission process. He has also prayed for appointment of an Adhoc Committee headed by any retired High Court Judge to conduct an enquiry into the enrollment of all candidates from other States in the past 10 years.
The petitioner also produced a CD and a pen drive containing the conversation between a LL.B. admission broker and the candidates to substantiate his claim. Advocate Peter Ramesh Kumar represented the Petitioner.
After hearing the petitioner, Justice N. Kirubakaran issued notice to Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary and Law Secretary. The Court has also ordered the impleadment of Ministry of Human Resources department secretary, Bar Council of India, University Grants Commission Chairman, and all advocates associations in Tamil Nadu amongst others, according to ToI.
A copy of the petition is given below.