A two-year verification drive by the Bar Council of India has determined that around 45℅ of lawyers are fake. The Bar Council of India (BCI) chief Manan Kumar Mishra announced before the Supreme Court that they the number of practicing, genuine lawyers has come down to about 55-60% after weeding out the fraudulent ones reports Times of India.
The BCI discovered the fact after going through the 2012 election statistics where they had almost 14 lakh voters (voters are lawyers). After the verification process started, they received only 6.5 lakh applications, which is less than half.
India, like many countries in the world requires a license to practice law even after a law degree. These licenses are handed out by the Bar Council of India. One has to enrol themselves with the State Bar Council, pass the All India Bar Examination and then gets a license to practice law in India.
In 2015, Mishra had said that 30% of all lawyers in India are holding fraudulent law degrees. There are about 1.5 million lawyers in India.