CLAT 2018: SC to hear pleas challenging the examination tomorrow
The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear petitions challenging the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) held on May 13 after it was informed that aggrieved students have been approached six High Courts seeking a re-test.
CLAT is conducted for the purpose of admission to undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in law offered at premier national law schools of the country.
When the matter was mentioned before a bench of justices AM Khanwilkar and Navin Sinha on Wednesday, the judges asked the lawyers for petitioners to serve a copy of their pleas to the counsel for respondents, which includes the 19 national law universities that conduct the test on a rotational basis and the Centre.
The petitioners told the bench that High Courts of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Bombay, Punjab and Haryana and Rajasthan (both Jaipur and Jodhpur benchs), were hearing separate pleas challenging CLAT 2018 examination and notices have been issued in some of these matters.
Close to 60,000 candidates appeared this year for CLAT, organised by the working and implementation committee and the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS). Results are expected to be declared on May 31. Several students have protested against the exam this year due to technical glitches and several inconsistencies they faced during the test. They have demanded quashing of the CLAT 2018 paper and have asked for a re-test.
“Have any reply, status report or orders been passed by any of these high courts? You find it out if you can. Just give us a compilation of orders, if any, passed by these high courts,” SC said, posting the matter for a hearing on Thursday.
Rajasthan High Court’s Jodhpur bench had on May 21 issued notice on the plea challenging the exam and said the results declared before May 29 will be subject to the outcome of the petition. On Tuesday the Delhi HC also issued notice to the Centre and Bar Council of India (BCI) on a similar plea.