The case related to the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) will be looked upon after Diwali break. After the report on CLAT 2018 submitted by Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD), the bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and L. Nageswara Rao adjourned the matter. The National Testing Agency communicated it's inclination to hold the CLAT in the future. The court directed that a copy of MHRD report be served to all the parties. Meanwhile, Senior Advocate Sajan Poovayya, who appeared for NLSIU Bangalore, submitted that two important decisions have been taken with respect to CLAT – establishment of a Permanent Secretariat and taking the test offline. “We have established a Permanent Secretariat. We have also decided to make the test offline. This would mean that all the technical glitches, power problems, the problem with computers etc would no longer be there. The court said it will consider all the submissions on the next date after considering the MHRD report. It will hear the case after Diwali. An academician and Intellectual Property Rights expert, Prof. Shamnad Basheer seeking the setting up of a permanent body to hold the CLAT in his PIL filed before Supreme Court in 2015 was also mooted by him. Earlier this month only the Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) resolved that CLAT 2019 to be conducted offline and in the earlier meeting, it resolved to establish a Permanent Secretariat to oversee the conduct of the exam.
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