SC postpones decision on CLAT petition


The Supreme Court recently decided that it will deliver its judgement whether the National Testing Agency will conduct the the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) or not from 2019 onwards. Previously the Bar Council of India had also expressed its willingness to take upon itself the task to conduct the entrance exam.

In a petition filed by Prof Shamnad Basheer, almost three years ago, he had urged the apex court to take concrete steps with regards to the smooth holding of CLAT.

Every year the CLAT is conducted by one of the participating National Law Universities.

Claim of NTA and Bar Council of India to Hold CLAT 

The Bar Council Of India had filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court in which it had claimed about successfully conducting the ll India Bar Examination (AIBE) since 2011. Clearing its stance over the irregularities in holding AIBE, BCI filed an affidavit in which it stated, “there has been no complaint from any corner with regard to the fairness or impartiality of these exams.”

Meanwhile, the National Testing Agency (NTA), had also filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court and had sought permission to allow NTA to conduct CLAT. NTA has been entrusted with the task to conduct some of the national level entrance exams across different verticals. Some of the prominent exams which NTA will conduct from 2019 onwards are NEET, JEE Main, GPAT, CMAT. Assuring the court that it would be able to conduct CLAT in a smooth manner, NTA in its affidavit stated, “It is most respectfully submitted that NTA is willing to take up the responsibility for conducting the CLAT examination from Academic session 2019-2020 onwards, if desired by this Hon’ble Court.”

CLAT 2018 Marred by Various Obstacles 

Students who appeared in CLAT 2018 faced technical glitches and at the same time there were test centres where the computers crashed. While in other test centres where CLAT was being conducted, there were power cuts and in in some of the exam centres, candidates were not allotted extra time due to power failure.

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