Supreme Court Rejects Plea Seeking Postponement of CLAT 2021
20th July 2021, the Supreme Court in Prateek Phagiwala & Anr. vs Consortium of National Law Universities & Ors. [WP(C) no. 728 of 2021] and Justice for All vs Consortium of National Law Universities [WP(C) no. 780 of 2021] dismissed the petitioners’ plea for postponement of Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) – 2021, holding that it is improper to “postpone the examination at this stage” as the examination is slated to be held shortly, i.e., on 23rd July 2021.
While rejecting the plea for postponement, the Division Bench of Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice Aniruddha Bose directed the concerned authorities to take all safety measures at the examination centres and to “not insist on the students being vaccinated to take the examination”.
The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national level entrance examination for admission in UG and PG courses of law. The Consortium of National Law Universities had issued a notification dated 14th June 2021 whereby the CLAT – 2021 for UG and PG programmes was fixed to be held on 23rd July 2021. Further, the notification announced that the examination would be conducted in pen and paper mode and the candidates were also “advised to get themselves vaccinated”.
Writ petitions were filed before the Supreme Court challenging the said notification.
The petitioners contended that it would be difficult for the students living in areas under lockdown to travel to the examination centres. Moreover, the candidates cannot get vaccinated as suggested by the notification as most of them are below 18 years of age.
In conclusion, the Supreme Court dismissed the writ petitions challenging the impugned notification dated 14th June 2021 and rejected the plea to postpone the CLAT – 2021.
Ankitha Subramanya | EduLegaL