Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2018 convenor Nuals Kochi, and NLU Jodhpur, have been issued notice by the Rajasthan high court today to respond to a petition challenging the CLAT 2018, as another notice may be in the making in the Delhi high court.
Jaipur bench justice Alok Sharma heard two CLAT 2018 candidates today who, as we had reported on Wednesday, had asked for a stay on the results of the exam and for directions to re-conduct the exam on the ground that they had lost precious test time due to technical errors in the conduct of the exam.
The candidates had also made NLU Jodhpur a respondent to their challenge on the ground that the invigilators at their test centre, who are NLU Jodhpur faculty members, were allegedly negligent in various ways in their duty and also allegedly denied them the extra test answering time they were entitled to.
Justice Sharma issued notice to Nuals and NLU today after justice Inderjeet Prakash, who had scheduled the first hearing in the case yesterday eventually recused himself on the ground that his son was currently a student at NLU Jodhpur, the respondent.
Justice Sharma was not inclined to grant a stay on the 13 May exam’s result which is scheduled for 31 May, as the date for next hearing in the case is 25 May. The petitioner Akshay Jain told us that Sharma however said that the court may direct CLAT 2018 to be re-conducted if the petitioners make out a case at the next hearing.
NMA Law Chambers partner Nishant Awana has challenged the exam in the Delhi high court on behalf of CLAT 2018 candidate Vibhav Chandrawho, at the test centre at JIMS Vasant Kunj, was allegedly also denied the extra time he was entitled to after technical errors occurred in the conduct of the exam, and was also allegedly obstructed initially from entering the exam premises due to mismanagement of the exam.
Student political organisation the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has also joined Chandra’s writ, as petitioner, on behalf of CLAT 2018 candidates harmed across India.
Chandra has prayed for a stay on the results, a re-conduct of the exam and also for the establishment of a permanent body to conduct the exam. Awana commented on phone today that even if the Bar Council of India (BCI) has to take over the conduct of the exam it is a good idea as the conduct of the All India Bar Examination (AIBE), not the best as it is, is “still better” than the quality of conduct of the CLAT each year.
Meanwhile Prof Shamnad Basheer’s writ is in the Supreme Court also asking for a permanent CLAT body, but opposing the transfer of the mandate to the BCI which, as we have extensively reported, does not inspire any confidence through its conduct of the AIBE.
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