New Delhi (ILNS): The Supreme Court today allowed a Covid positive CLAT aspirant to take the CLAT 2020 exam in isolation. The exam is scheduled for today.
A three-judge bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and M. R. Shah allowed an application filed by a CLAT aspirant seeking a direction for providing an isolation room for him in the exam centre of CLAT office to appear in the scheduled exam of CLAT today.
The applicant student, who is aspiring to clear the CLAT exam and has a valid admit card for the exam, is presently in isolation due to his being suspected of being COVID positive. However, he has submitted that he is otherwise fine and is fully ready and prepared to give the Common Law Admission Test, 2020 (CLAT) examination scheduled to take place today.
According to the applicant, although as per the admit card issued to the applicant, COVID-19 symptomatic candidates will be allocated to isolated room, instructions had been issued by the Consortium that candidates, who have been tested positive and are under medical surveillance or in isolation will not be permitted to take the CLAT, 2020 examination.
The court, after considering the facts and circumstances of the case, observed that the applicant should be permitted to take his CLAT examination today in a separate isolation room to be provided by the Centre Superintendent. The applicant will ensure that downloaded copy of the Court’s order is presented before his Centre Superintendent as early as possible by any other non-symptomatic person. Once the order is produced, the Centre Superintendent will provide a separate room for applicant to appear in the examination.
The Court has directed the applicant to enter into the centre after other candidates take entry and shall first leave the examination centre. Centre Superintendent has been asked to request the Chief Medical officer of the District or Superintendent, Government Hospital to provide a medical staff to render necessary assistance.
The apex court, through its order dated September 21, had directed for conduct of CLAT 2020 examination on September 28, taking all precautions and care for health of the students after following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).