Plea in Orissa high court over ‘exorbitant’ fees for aspiring lawyers | Cuttack News – Times of India

CUTTACK: A plea filed in the Orissa high court has sought intervention against the charging of Rs 42,000 as enrolment fee for aspiring advocates by the state Bar council.
Initially, the HC had on May 18 issued notice to the Odisha State Bar Council (OSBC) seeking reply to the PIL filed by an aspirant, Binayak Subudhi, within four weeks. When the petition came up for hearing on Wednesday, Amitav Das, counsel for the OSBC, sought more time.
The two-judge bench of Chief Justice S Muralidhar and Justice R K Pattanaik granted four weeks’ time as a last opportunity to file a reply and posted the matter to October 11.
The petitioner alleged that a legal aspirant who seeks to be an advocate in Odisha has to pay Rs 42,000 towards enrolment fee to OSBC plus other Bar association membership fees to start his legal career. However, if such a person has to start his legal career in Delhi, West Bengal or Andhra Pradesh then he just has to pay an enrolment fee of approximately Rs 15,000.
According to the petition, OSBC, in the guise of development and welfare of advocates, levies exorbitant enrolment fees which is the most expensive across all the state Bar councils.

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