Guwahati: The Bar Council of India (BCI) has officially postponed the All India Bar Examination (AIBE) scheduled for an August 16 date. The exam application deadline has also been extended until August 30.
"Keeping in view the present pandemic (COVID-19)situation and frequent lockdown, an increasing number of corona patients daily, the council has resolved to postpone the All India Bar Examination to be held on August 16 and it has further resolved to extend the date of receipt of applications from candidates till August 31 (for the present)," the BCI's resolution said.
The All India Bar examination is held by the Bar Council of Indian to test the potential advocates who wish to practice law.
Besides, the apex bar body has been authorized by the bar leaders across the country to represent lawyers before the Supreme Court in a writ petition against the Centre seeking financial assistance and a soft loan of Rs 3 lakh each to lawyers who are in need of money to tide them over the crisis.
According to reports, the decision was taken in a resolution adopted on July 29.
Additionally, in a virtual meeting between BCI and all the state bar councils' representatives and High Court Bar Associations, it was decided that the Bar Council of Indian shall represent the lawyers before the Supreme Court in a writ petition against the Union of India seeking assistance and a soft loan of Rs 3 lakh each to the needy lawyers who have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the BCI, a large chunk of the lawyers in the country have been deprived of their income due to the coronavirus triggered lockdown that has kept 1.3 billion Indians indoors since March.
The Council stated that a bench headed by the Chief Justice S A Bobde on July 22 issued notice to the Centre on the petition.