The Government Law College (GLC) here is admitting students to a five year LLB course disregarding the age bar following a stay granted by the Andhra Pradesh High Court on the new age limits for admissions to LLB courses. However, admissions would be subject to outcome of petitions in the High Court, said Yasmin Tavaria, who has challenged the age rule in the Bombay High Court.
Tavaria, therefore, has urged the Bombay High Court to expedite the hearing on the five petitions, including her own, that have challenged the age rule. The division bench of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice SC Dharmadhikari on Thursday asked the Bar Council of India (BCI) to file reply and posted all the PILs for hearing after two weeks.
Early this year, BCI brought in a resolution setting age limit of 20 for admission to five year LLB and that of 30 for the three year LLB course. Tavaria and four others filed separate PILs in the High Court, challenging the constitutional validity of the new rule, saying that it denies law education to those who want to study law while pursuing other professions.
But Andhra Pradesh High Court last month stayed the rule, hearing a PIL on the same issue. As a result, all the colleges in the country can give admissions notwithstanding the rule, Tavaria said. But her apprehension, she said, was that if the decision went against the petitioners, the students who don't meet the age requirement will have to quit the course.
Moreover, if the matter is not decided within a month, they would not even get their fees refunded, she argued in the court on Thursday. While admissions to five-year law course had begun, those to three-year course are yet to start.