Following the Kerala High Court directions to the Indian railways to accept the lawyers ID card as a valid identity proof for the train journeys, The Ministry of Railways has issued a Circular CC-57 of 2018 dated October 10 to accept identity cards issued to advocates by the Bar Councils as a valid proof of identity for the train journeys. The circular reads “it has been decided photo identity cards with the serial number issued to Advocates issued by the Bar Councils of India will be acceptable as proof of identity of passengers for undertaking the journey by train."
It has been reported that the Kerala High Court has in the month of August 2018, in the case of T.S. Shyam Prasanth v. The Secretary Railways & ors. has directed the competent authority of the Indian railways to issue appropriate proceeding/orders notifying the acceptance of identity cards issued to the advocated of Kerela bar council and the all other bar councils of India as a valid proof of identity for train journey or travel as expeditiously as possible but not later than the two months from the date of receipt of a copy of this judgment.
The said issue of ID cards of advocates issued by the State bar councils and the bars council of India as a valid identity proof has come to highlights when the Indian Railway has rejected a request to consider the lawyer identity cards as a valid identity proof stating that Bar councils were not government bodies, and further they are available at different levels in the country (district, state, national) and hence in the absence of any uniformity in the cards issued by such bodies, the same ought not to be considered as valid and acceptable. To which the court held that the bar councils are statutory authorities under the Advocates Acts, 1961 and the notion of different level of Bar councils was incorrect, there being only one respective Bar council for a state and a Bar Council of India at the national level.
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