SC to pass order on September 21 on plea against decision of NLSIU Bengaluru to conduct NLAT

By: PTI | New Delhi |

Updated: September 17, 2020 5:27:16 pm

The apex court docket had on September 11 given its go forward to NLSIU, Bengaluru to maintain its separate examination, which was to be held on September 12. File

The Supreme Court Thursday stated it could pronounce its order on September 21 on a petition which has challenged the decision of National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru, to conduct its separate entrance examination NLAT-2020. A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan reserved its order on the plea filed by former NLSIU vice chancellor Professor R Venkata Rao and a mum or dad of the aspirant.

The apex court docket had on September 11 given its go forward to NLSIU, Bengaluru to maintain its separate examination, which was to be held on September 12, however restrained it from saying the outcomes and admitting any pupil until the pendency of the plea.

The bench had stated that it is a vital matter which wants to be determined. It had issued discover to the college and its vice chancellor Professor Sudhir Krishnaswamy and sought their response on the plea. The plea has termed holding of separate examination as “manifestly arbitrary and illegal decision”.

The NLSIU motion has created an unprecedented uncertainty and has imposed an onerous burden and obligations upon hundreds of aspirants, who are actually unsure concerning the future course of motion, the plea has claimed.

It has stated such a unilateral decision to maintain National Law Aptitude Test (NLAT) as entrance examination to the college was taken with none software of thoughts, “thereby completely prejudicing the students at the final hour and has put their career at jeopardy for purely whimsical reasons”.

The plea has claimed it’s obvious that the decision is solely directed at creating an “elitist institution” which caters to those that are in a position to afford to take the check, whereas “completely ignoring the aspirations of poor, marginalized, and less privileged candidates”. It has sought quashing of notification for admission to the five-year built-in BA, LLB (Hons.) programme, 2020-21 learn with the press launch on NLSIU Admissions 2020-21 dated September 4, 2020.

“Through the impugned notification, the Respondent No. 1 University is in direct violation of the fundamental rights of the students who are desirous of gaining admission into the Respondent University, especially during the current and ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic,” it stated.

It additional stated that an government council of NLSIU at its 91st assembly unanimously licensed the college to develop an alternate admissions course of within the occasion that CLAT 2020 was additional postponed due to the pandemic.

“However, it is respectfully submitted that the Executive Council of the Respondent No. 1 University did not have any such powers vested in it and therefore meeting of the Executive Council for this very purpose was illegal and without any basis under its own bylaws,” the plea has stated.

The impugned notification supplies that the NLSIU shall not settle for the scores of CLAT 2020 for admission to educational yr 2020-21 and an examination known as NLAT be carried out on-line.

“The sudden and capricious decision of the NLSIU has not only thrown the aspirants of CLAT 2020 into frenzy and in a state of fear and confusion, it has also severely jeopardized the position of the university in the Consortium. Due to the whimsical conduct of the University, the children are put to extreme pressure and mental stress,” the plea has stated.

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