A lady named Sessy Xavier, a resident of Ramankary in Kuttanad, was a practising lawyer in Alappuzha and was appointed as an advocate commissioner, in a few matters.
She argued for a few cases as well. She got a good reputation among her colleagues.
An anonymous letter which revealed the two years secret:
There was a letter, alleging that she does not have a law degree. This forced her to flee. No one knows where she is.
She was a law student:
She was a law student once, and she could not give her exams due to no attendance. But, she concealed the details and approached a senior Advocate, Alappuzha for an internship as part of her course.
After completing the internship she left and a couple of months later came back to the same lawyer claiming that she had completed her course and joined as his junior.
She then got a membership also in the Alappuzha Bar Association in March 2019. She said that she had applied for a Bar Council enrolment.
She gained a very good reputation as a lawyer, after arguing a couple of cases.
After receiving a letter, the Bar Association gave her a day time to produce her documents, which she failed. By the time the Bar Association approached the police with a complaint, Xavier had fled, allegedly with several rare books and documents from the library.
Later, it also emerged that the Bar Council enrollment number given by Xavier as her belonged to another lawyer.
Following this, a case under section 420 IPC (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) was filed on her.
As per a few reports, she planned to surrender in the court, but, she learned that there was a non-bailable section, against her, she fled the premises.
The issue of fake lawyers and even doctors is not new in our country despite stringent rules and regulations. In fact, in 2015, the then Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra had said that 30% of all lawyers in India are fake, holding fraudulent law degrees.
Since then after a two-year-long verification process, it emerged that around 45% of lawyers in India were fake.