Supreme Court Quashes Conduct of NLAT 2020
In addition to quashing the exam, SC has also directed that the CLAT admission process would have to be completed by mid-October.
Granting a huge relief to law aspirants, the Supreme Court has quashed the conduct of National Law School of India University Bangalore's (NLSIU) controversial entrance exam, the National Law Aptitude Exam (NLAT 2020).
NLSIU's controversial move to conduct a separate entrance exam was met with opposition
NLSIU's controversial move to conduct a separate entrance exam this year was met with great resistance. Former NLSIU Vice-Chancellor Prof Venkata Rao, along with an aspirant's parent challenged the decision in the Supreme Court.
After the test was conducted, the petitioners filed a rejoinder before the Court, asserting that NLSIU miserably failed in conducting the NLAT and has made a large number of candidates suffer.
The Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah allowed NLSIU to conduct the exam but held that the results would be declared subject to the decision of the Court.
Passing the Order, the Court stated,
"In view of the foregoing discussion, we are of the considered opinion that Admission notification dated 03.09.2020 issued by respondent No.1 was not in accordance with the law and deserves to be set aside."
CLAT 2020 will be held in September
The Court also gave directions about the conducting CLAT 2020. The Court stated that CLAT 2020 will be held on its scheduled date of September 28 and its results should be declared as early as possible. The exam must be held in accordance with all the safety guidelines prescribed by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Further, the Court has ordered the reinstatement of NLSIU to the Secretariat of the NLU Consortium. In addition to this, the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sudhir Krishnaswamy should be given back his post of Secretary-Treasurer of the Consortium. The order read,
"We are of the view that Status quo ante as on 05.09.2020 should be restored as early as possible i.e. by restoring the respondent No.2 as Secretary of the Consortium as well as restoring the Secretariat of the Consortium to NLSIU, Bengaluru. The governing body may take the decision keeping in mind that the CLAT examination scheduled on 28.09.2020 be smoothly held. The respondent Nos.1 and 2 are also to cooperate with the holding of CLAT scheduled to be held on 28.09.2020."
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