Bar Council in the dock over survey

survey of public opinion on corruption in the judiciary

The Bar Council of India (BCI) could face contempt of court proceedings for undertaking a survey to determine public opinion on corruption in the judiciary.

The survey, which contained a list of 36 questions, was described as the first empirical study of the legal profession in India. However, some of the questions in the survey have sparked a backlash.

Delhi-based lawyer B Joshi filed an application with the Supreme Court in May to stop the survey. He accused the BCI, the regulatory body for advocates, of exceeding its limits by taking up the survey to calibrate the judicial corruption index. “This is a clear affront to the judiciary and action in excess of its jurisdiction,” he said.

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