Putting an age limit to the competitive exams has always created a controversy of sorts in the country. First it was the NEET exam and its newly introduced age limits and now it is the age limits fixed by BCI (Bar Council of India). The BCI had recently announced an age limit of 45 years for the 3 – year LLB degree courses. Additionally, an age limit of 22 years was set for the 5 – years law courses across the country.
The Supreme Court has now stayed this order of the BCI, giving relief to a number of law aspirants throughout the country.
The bench of the apex court which stayed the decision consisted of Justices L Nageswara Rao and SA Bobde. Both the judges made clear their displeasure over the abrupt notification of the BCI.
The order from the court said, "The BCI on the one hand talks about promoting legal education, on the other they fix age limit."
As per a report published by India Today, a law student was quoted as saying, "Supreme Court has done a great job since law gives you the knowledge of your own existence in our country and tells you about your rights and duties, therefore I feel everyone at any age should be able to do a law course for fulfiling their curiosity towards their country and its law.”
The matter is scheduled for its final hearing in July.