High court in Orissa hears complaint about excessive costs for aspiring attorneys

The state Bar council in Orissa has requested intervention in a plea filed in the high court . The petition was filed by Binayak Subudhi, who alleged that a legal aspirant who wishes to serve as an advocate in Odisha must pay Rs 42,000 in enrolment fees .

CUTTACK: The state Bar council in Orissa has requested intervention in a plea filed in the high court, requesting that Rs 42,000 be charged as an enrolment fee for aspiring advocates.The HC sent a notification to the Odisha State Bar Council (OSBC) on May 18 asking a response to a PIL submitted by an aspirant, Binayak Subudhi, within four weeks.When the petition was due to be heard on Wednesday, Amitav Das, the OSBC's chief, demanded more time.Chief Justice S Muralidhar and Justice R K Pattanaik's two-judge bench gave four weeks to wait for a response, and took the matter forward to October 11.

Nonetheless, if he decides to begin his legal career in Delhi, West Bengal, or Andhra Pradesh, he only has to pay a Rs 15,000. enrolment fee: OSBC, under the banner of development and protection of opponents, charges the most expensive membership fees in the state Bar councils, according to the petition.