Tamil Nadu: Lawyer Practices As Magistrate For 21 Years Without A Valid Degree

The Logical Indian Crew Tamil Nadu

November 27th, 2017 / 2:40 PM

Source: The Times of India, The Better India Image Credit: NDTV

Tamil Nadu and Puducherry bar council recently discovered that one of their senior members has been serving the Tamil Nadu Judicial Service as a magistrate for 21 long years without the necessary degree.


How it went unnoticed?

P Natarajan, the ‘magistrate’ from Ulunageri in Madurai declared that he completed his Bachelor of General Law (BGL) course in correspondence mode at Sarada Law college in Karnataka which is affiliated with Mysore University.

After the completion of the course, Natarajan joined the judicial service. He claims that the university did not inform him at the time of gathering that his degree was only valid for academic purposes and not for employment. During his study period 1975-78, he is known to attend classes just in the third year.

On February 15, 1982, he was selected as a judicial magistrate and served in his post for nearly 22 years. He retired on June 30, 2003, and within a month enrolled himself as a lawyer with the bar council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

The Supreme Court has ordered a verification of Bar Council of India and place of practice certificates. It is for this initiative the Bar Council found out his case and ordered to show cause on January 4, 2016.

According to a Kractivism report, Natarajan said: “It is not fair and justified to cancel enrollment as an advocate of a person who was in judicial service for more than 25 years, including 21 years as the judicial magistrate.”

The BCI verification process was an attempt to weed out the fake lawyers that were still at large. In Lawyers’ meet in Chennai 2015, BCI chairman said that 30% of the lawyers did not have a valid degree to practice. Complaints poured in about unethical legal practices, and BCI is en route to streamline the Judicial Service practitioner’s qualification criteria.


The Logical Indian Take

The judicial system is one of the most important pillars of democracy. They are the ones who are supposed to judge people and find out flaws in the system. Such a discrepancy to prevail within their own system, and also for that to go unnoticed for 25 years is a shocking revelation.


Contributors

Written by :

Edited by : Poorbita Bagchi

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

WhatsApp Blue Tick

Legal Notice Received And Opened On WhatsApp Is Now A Valid Evidence: Bombay HC

Pregnant Woman Delivers Baby At Hospital Gate As Staff Refuse To Admit Her Without Valid ID Proof

District Magistrate Encourages Wife to Take Charge Of A Govt School In Shortage of Teachers

District Magistrate Encourages Wife To Take Charge Of A Govt School In Shortage Of Teachers

Tamil Nadu: Headmaster Sentenced To 55 Years Of Imprisonment For Sexually Abusing 22 Girls

Severe Shortage Of Doctors & Valid Medicines At Hospitals In Over 20 States: CAG Report

Latest on The Logical Indian

Opinion

BJP MLA’s Comment Calling Mayawati “Worse Than A Eunuch” Isn’t New, She Has Faced Worse

My Social Responsibility

To Treat Differently-Abled For Free, This Organisation Set Up A 100-Bed Camp At Kumbh Mela

Awareness

Unpaid Work Done By Women Across The Globe Is 43 Times The Turnover Of Apple: Oxfam Study

News

Delhi: 37-Yr-Old Sanitation Worker Dies While Cleaning Sewer, NHRC Takes Cognisance

News

Under Modi’s Era India’s Debt Increased To Rs 82 Lakh Crore: Govt Report

News

Cows, Cows Everywhere: UP Farmers Drive Students Out And Lock Cattle Inside School Premises

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.