In the matter of Nishant Khatri v Bar Council of India & Anr. A plea was submitted by Nishant Khatri, an attorney. He said in his court filing that, despite enrolling with the Delhi Bar Council in November 2019, he would be barred from practising law since the AIBE was not completed on time. Khatri can continue to use his provisional registration until further orders because the court had already ruled that he would not be prohibited or prevented from appearing in court. When the case was discussed last week, Khatri asserted that the petition was infructuous because he had passed the AIBE. The BCI informed the Court of the fix in the meanwhile.
Analysis of Court Order
This is critical, according to Delhi High Court Single Bench Justice Prathiba M Singh, as many candidates take the AIBE and may need to make plans to attend in person.
The bench further ruled that the BCI should consider notifying the public in advance each year of the months in which the AIBE is expected to be held. Several potential candidates must appear in the AIBE and may need to make plans to be physically there to administer the test. A predetermined plan or at the absolute least an annual timetable that is included in the calendar each year will greatly help candidates who intend to take the exam in making the necessary preparations. Therefore, the Bench dismissed the argument and gave the BCI instructions to consider making an advance statement of at least the months in which the exams will likely take place.