New Delhi: The Supreme Court today quashed the notification on the conduct of the Bangalore-based National Law School of India University’s (NLSIU) separate entrance exam, called the National Law Aptitude Exam (NLAT 2020).
The top court ordered that this year the NLSIU will have to conduct its admissions to its courses through the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT).
According to the court CLAT 2020 will have to be held on its scheduled date of September 28 and concluded that that the conduct of CLAT 2020 should not be hindered by NLSIU in any manner.
A three-judge bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and M.R. Shah has passed the following directions;
(I) The notice for admission to the five year integrated B.A.LL.B(Hons.) programme 2020-21 dated 03.09.2020 Annexure -P 14 as well as Press Release on NLSIU admission 2020-21 dated 04.09.2020 Annexure-P 15 are quashed.
(II) The respondent No.3 is directed to conduct the CLAT-2020 examination on 28.09.2020 taking all precautions and care for health of the students after following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD).
(III) The respondent No.3 shall also ensure that the entire process of declaration of the result be completed as early as possible to enable the respondent No.1 and other National Law Universities to start their course by the mid of October-2020.
(IV) The respondent No.1 shall also complete the admission of B.A.LL.B(Hons.) programme 2020-21 on the basis of the result of CLAT-2020.
(V) The respondent No.3 may take decision at an early date restoring the status of respondent No.2 as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Consortium as well as restoring the Secretariat of the Consortium as to NLSIU, keeping in mind that scheduled exam of CLAT-2020 on 28.09.2020 is not hampered in any manner.
After giving the case an extensive hearing, the Supreme Court had reserved its judgment on September 17.
Read the order here;19269_2020_34_1501_24013_Judgement_21-Sep-2020
-India Legal Bureau