Kerala police have intensified the search for a 27-year-old woman who practised law in Alappuzha until recently allegedly without proper qualification. On Thursday, Cessy Xavier, 27, of Ramankary in Kuttanad came to the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court-I in Alappuzha to surrender. However, she left the place soon reportedly after she came to know that the police had slapped a non-bailable section against her.
According to reports, the woman had managed to dupe the bar by working as a junior advocate in a well-known lawyer’s office in Alappuzha. Prior to that, she had done an internship with the same lawyer after claiming that she was a final-year LLB student. She then claimed to have enrolled with the bar council and in 2019, and applied to get into the Alappuzha Bar Association.
In July, the Bar Association was alerted with an anonymous letter that stated that the woman had no law degree or enrolment certificate. Upon enquiring and unearthing the facts, the association alerted the Chief judge of the district and filed a police complaint with the Alappuzha North Police station.
To become a member of the bar, an LLB degree holder has to enroll with any of the bar councils and get an enrolment number and certificate. Cessy was not enrolled with the Kerala State Bar Council as she was not qualified. “But she gave an enrolment number which belonged to another lawyer in Thiruvananthapuram.