CLAT 2020: HC dismisses plea for regulation examination from dwelling

NEW DELHI: The opportunity of dwelling exams being compromised or manipulated by individuals or teaching centres can’t be dominated out, the Delhi Excessive Courtroom has mentioned whereas dismissing a plea that candidates be allowed to take Frequent Legislation Admission Check (CLAT) 2020 from their properties as an alternative of exams centres as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. The court docket mentioned the issue of accessibility for 78,000 candidates to applicable know-how, web connection, laptop computer or desktop pc can be uncertain and the plea for dwelling examination can’t be accepted.

The CLAT-2020 examination, to be held on August 22 earlier, will now be carried out on September 28.

Justice Jayant Nath mentioned it’s clear that the pleas of the petitioner are misplaced and can’t be a floor for suspending the exams or change of mode to conduct the examination.
“I may observe that the petitioner (V Govinda Ramanan) has accomplished his LLB in 2016. It’s now after a niche of four years that he seeks to use for a submit commencement in regulation. The petitioner has therefore waited for 4 years to offer the examination. There isn’t a advantage within the current petition. The identical is dismissed,” the decide mentioned.

Whereas the order was handed on September 10, it was made accessible on the court docket web site on Wednesday.

The petition was filed by the petitioner searching for an applicable path to quash the CLAT- 2020 examination notification issued by the Consortium of Nationwide Legislation Universities (NLU) in as far as it mandates the petitioner to bodily go to the examination centre and provides the examination.

CLAT is a centralised examination for admissions to bachelors and masters programs in regulation in 22 NLUs within the nation and is carried out by the consortium.

Beneath the CLAT 2020 notification, the examination can be held on-line at notified centres the place computer systems can be arrange for candidates to entry the check.

The petitioner, who’s a regulation graduate and needs to pursue his LLM, mentioned he suffered from bronchial asthma and falls underneath the weak class of people who’re suggested by the federal government to not go exterior within the current time of COVID-19 pandemic.

The consortium informed the court docket that the choice to conduct CLAT-2020 at bodily check centres was challenged by means of Public Curiosity Litigation earlier than the Supreme Courtroom which has dismissed it.

The excessive court docket mentioned, “Protecting in view the aforesaid, it’s clear that the aforesaid order (of Supreme Courtroom) would stay binding on this court docket.”

“Even in any other case, it’s clear that the plea of respondent no.1 (consortium) {that a} home-based examination will not be applicable for about 78,000 candidates who’re to take the examination. The opportunity of the exams being compromised or manipulated by the individuals/teaching facilities can’t be dominated out.

“That aside, the issue of accessibility for 78,000 candidates to applicable know-how, web connection, laptop computer or desktop pc itself can be uncertain. Therefore this plea of the petitioner can’t be accepted.” the excessive court docket mentioned.

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