News By/Courtesy: Nandakishore A | 16 Sep 2020 19:57pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • For the purpose of NLAT 2020, the NLU Consortium has filed its counter affidavit in its plea before Supreme Court.
  • The Vice-Chairman of NLSIU claimed that the postponement of CLAT was protested against by him, but the Consortium overriding his dissent postponed the exam by an overall majority.
  • On the opposite side, the petitions filed representing NLSIU and its vice-chairman justifies the conduct of its entrance examination and questions the issue of maintainability of their plea before SC

For the purpose of NLAT 2020, the NLU Consortium has filed its counter affidavit in its plea before Supreme Court. In the plea, they have stated that the NLAT 2020 was conducted in a way that violates the right of equality of opportunity of the students. The issues which were raised before the Supreme Court regarding the NLAT exam conducted by NSLIU are:

  • Low publicity before conducting exams.

  • Physical accessibility of centers lacking.

  • Mishandling test of students due to technical errors.

  • Allegations of mass-cheating during the exam

  • For conduction of re-examination for those students whose questions were leaked.

  • Non-uniformity in format, place, and time of examination

The Vice-Chairman of NLSIU, Prof. Sudhir Krishnaswamy claimed that the postponement of CLAT was protested against by him, but the Consortium overriding his dissent postponed the exam by an overall majority vote. This claim was afterward denied by the Consortium themselves.

The Legal infirmities which were held against NLAT are that:

  • It is issued in violation of the National Law School of India University Act,1986

  • The Memorandum of Association and Bye-Laws of the Consortium are violated by the impugned notification.

  • The whole objective behind the impugned notification to avoid the possibility of a ‘zero year’ is biased, baseless, and not rational in any way.

The Supreme Court had been hearing petitions regarding the NLAT 2020 for some time even before the exam itself. The latest hearing was on September 12th where the Court allowed NLAT 2020 to be conducted along with noting that the results of the exam would be bound by the Court’s final decision.

A rejoinder had also been filed by the petitioners in which they submitted before the court that NLSIU has terribly failed in conducted their entrance examinations and has caused a large number of their students to go through mental discomfort and pain.

On the opposite side, the petitions filed representing NLSIU and its vice-chairman justifies the conduct of its entrance examination and questions the issue of maintainability of their plea before the Apex Court and urges the court to dismiss it.

 

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 17 Sep 2020 11:18am IST


Tags : NLSIU, NLAT, Supreme Court

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