The Supreme Court Friday refused to both cancel the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)-2020 or keep the counselling process and requested 5 candidates, who had been searching for quashing of the exam alleging technical glitches, to present their grievances inside two days to the redressal committee. CLAT is a centralised nationwide stage entrance check for admissions to 23 National Law Universities (NLUs) in India and the check was held on September 28. A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and M R Shah was knowledgeable by senior lawyer P S Narasimha, showing for consortium of NLUs, that there’s a grievance redressal committee headed by a former Chief Justice of India which may take into account the problems of the petitioners.
“We are of the view that the petitioners shall submit the grievances within two days from today and the grievance redressal committee will take a decision on the complaints,” the bench mentioned in its order.
“We cannot stop the counselling,” the bench instructed senior advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan, showing for the petitioners.
Sankaranarayanan instructed the bench that there have been technical glitches within the exam which was carried out on-line and sure questions weren’t appropriate.
He claimed that even software program didn’t report a number of the solutions appropriately and round 40,000 objections with regard to numerous points of the CLAT has been acquired.
There isn’t any response from the consortium of NLUs on round 19,000 objections, Sankaranarayanan mentioned, including that there was a software program defect which led to a state of affairs which has by no means occurred earlier than.
“There are many mistakes in the question papers and answer key. For the first time, only 3 per cent students have crossed the 50 per cent marks of total 150 marks,” he mentioned.
“This is a difficult time,” the bench noticed.
Narasimha opposed the plea and mentioned there can’t be endless counselling for admission through the pandemic.
He mentioned former CJI Rajendra Babu is the pinnacle of the ombudsman and he will likely be wanting into the intense complaints.
Narasimha, whereas referring to sure questions, mentioned pointless complaints have been raised.
“No payment is required to be made for raising objections. 146th and 150th question raised a lot of objections and thus those questions were dropped as per expert committee recommendation,” he mentioned.
On September 21, the apex courtroom had quashed the NLSIU Bengaluru’s notification for conducting separate entrance exam, the National Law Aptitude Test (NLAT) held on September 12, for admission to its five-year regulation course and had directed it to confess college students on the idea of CLAT 2020 outcomes.
The prime courtroom had requested the consortium of NLUs to conduct CLAT-2020 on September 28 whereas “taking all precautions and care for the health of the students after following the standard operating procedures of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Human Resource Development”.
(With PTI inputs)