New Delhi: A petition has been moved in the Jharkhand High Court challenging the decision of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore to break away from CLAT and conduct its own entrance exam for admission to its five-year B.A. LL.B.(Hons) course this year.
The petition has been filed by 5 CLAT aspirants from Jharkhand, praying for quashing of the notification issued by NLSIU, wherein it had intimated its decision to hold an online National Law Aptitude Test, 2020 (NLAT) on September 12 for admissions to the University in lieu of CLAT which is scheduled to be held on September 28.
Since NLSIU is still a permanent member of the NLU Consortium, the decision has now been challenged as arbitrary, illegal and in violation of the bye-laws of the Consortium of National Law Universities as well as earlier orders of the Supreme Court.
In this regard the CLAT consortium has also held an emergency meeting last night that was attended by all members of the Executive Council, except the Vice-Chancellor of NLSIU, informed the CLAT 2020 convenor, Prof Balraj Chouhan.
“The Executive Council expressed its surprise and anguish on the unilateral decision of NLSIU to go ahead with its own admission test. The Council noted with dismay that while the NSLIU wishes to continue in the consortium yet conduct its own admission test which is not permissible under the bye-laws of the Consortium. Moreover, this new admission test will put thousands of students during the extraordinary Covid-19 health emergency to a lot of inconvenience who will now have to appear in two tests instead of one,” it was stated.
-India Legal Bureau