Abdicating responsibility?


Chakradhar Varadarajan argues that more needs to be done to groom young lawyers before they take on in-house and transactional roles

Walking out of a screening of a recent movie, Jolly LLB, I found myself smiling as I imagined myself as the protagonist, Jolly Tyagi, who successfully takes on a patently unfair judicial system, after initially struggling to function within it.

Chakradhar Varadarajan
Chakradhar Varadarajan

Two and half decades ago at the start my legal career, I had practised in district courts similar to those in which Tyagi made his mark. At that time anyone with a law degree was considered court-ready and did not need to pass an examination before enrolling as an advocate. It was only in 2010 that the Bar Council of India (BCI), in its role as the body that laid down standards for legal education, began conducting an examination and granting a certificate of practice to lawyers before they appeared in court. Six such examinations have been held – the most recent in June 2014.

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Chakradhar Varadarajan is the executive vice president, corporate legal, at Godrej Industries and its associated companies.