The Supreme Court New Delhi has cancelled NLAT 2020 held on 12th October 2020 for admission to five-year integrated BA LLB (Hons) programme for National Law School of India University Campus.
The SC New Delhi on Monday has quashed NLSIU Bengaluru’s decision for a separate entrance exam, the National Law Aptitude Test(NLAT) -2020 held on 12th September 2020.
While cancelling the NLAT-2020 entrance exam, the apex court has given direction to governing body , that admissions in all 22 National Law Universities (NLUs) be conducted in accordance with CLAT-2020 which is scheduled to be held on 28th September 2020.
A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan passed the order on a plea challenging NLAT-2020 filed by former NLSIU vice chancellor Professor R Venkata Rao and the parent of an aspirant.
The bench, also comprising Justices R S Reddy and M R Shah, said all NLUs should start their academic session by mid October.
The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a centralized national level entrance test for admissions to 22 NLUs in India. Bengaluru’s National Law School of India University is one of them.
NLSIU Bengaluru defended its decision in the apex court to hold a separate entrance examination instead of CLAT.
On September 11, the top court gave permission to NLSIU Bengaluru its go ahead to hold a separate exam on September 12 but restrained it from announcing the results and admitting any student till the pendency of the plea.
The bench, which said it is an important matter which needs to be decided, had issued notice to the university and its vice chancellor Professor Sudhir Krishnaswamy and sought their responses on the plea.
The plea termed holding of a separate examination as ‘manifestly arbitrary and illegal’. NLSIU’s action had created unprecedented uncertainty and has imposed an onerous burden and obligations upon thousands of aspirants, who are now uncertain about the future course of action, the plea claimed.