Supreme Court Refuses Plea against online conduct of CLAT Exam

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to entertain PIL challenging the conduct of the Common Law Admission Test 2020 (CLAT) through the online mode.

The Bench headed by Justices L Nageswara Rao, S Ravindra Bhat, and Hemant Gupta refused to entertain a plea filed by advocate Mitul Jain observing that “the court had seen many different kinds of averments regarding CLAT over the year”.

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Earlier CLAT  was scheduled to be held in offline mode. However, in view of the widespread of coronavirus, the Consortium of National Law Universities decided to conduct from offline to online mode. The decision was taken as it was found difficult to conduct the Law entrance examination in offline mode.

As per the notification, the Computer-based exam would be held at centers across the country on August 22, 2020.

The Advocate appearing for the petition argued that the move will prevent aspirants who do not have access to computers to sit for the admission test. 

The petition claims that several candidates would be at a disadvantage if the exam was to shift from the offline mode to online mode. He further added, the Conducting Authority should have come out with a full proof solution and given a month’s time to the aspirants.

The Court, after observing that every year some statements are made against the CLAT, declined to entertain the PIL.

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