The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) told on Wednesday that the degrees of 205 practicing lawyers across Pakistan have been found bogus.

The revelation came as the Higher Education Commission (HEC) is verifying the degrees of thousands of lawyers. It is feared that more fake degree holders may be exposed during the process. The Chief Justice, Justice Saqib Nisar had taken suo motu over practising lawyers holding fake LLB degrees.

Advocate general Islamabad informed the top court that the degrees of nine practicing lawyers in Islamabad have found bogus.

Punjab Bar Council Chairman Jan Muhammad informed the top court as many as 45,351 degrees were dispatched for attestation. Of which 190 degrees were fake and FIA was registered against 63-degree holders.

Bar Council Chairman Ahsan Bhon briefed the top court that there were 30,000 to 35,000 registered lawyers in 2005. Supreme Court Bar Council Sindh chapter Chairman Salahuddin Ahmed informed the court that 9,000 lawyers are enrolled in Sindh. As many as 5,470 degrees were dispatched for attestation, of which nine degrees were faked.

The apex court while directing immediate conclusion of the case hinted for strict action against violators. The case has been adjourned for three weeks.