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On 29th July 2020, the Supreme Court dismissed a petition seeking the approval of court to the conduct of offline examination for CLAT (Common Law Admission Test).

CLAT is a nationwide law entrance examination for undergraduate and post students seeking a law programme under the 22 Government approved National Law Universities.

Advocate Mitul Jain had contended that the CLAT was being held online and those aspiring law students who don’t have an access to the internet or electronic devices will not be able to give the examination hence the examination should be held in an offline manner. He also contended that the CLAT committee should have come up with a good plan for the examination and should have communicated the said plan to the aspiring law students and given them a month’s time to prepare for the type of examination.

The CLAT usually has a computer based and centre based online exam, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the CLAT committee was forced to change their usual method and conduct online entrance examinations.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the CLAT examinations were postponed several times but Consortium of National Law University finally decided to hold the examination on 22nd of August 2020. The revised date sheet of the CLAT examination was announced by the Executive Committee of the Consortium of National Law Universities.

The bench headed by Justice L. Nageswara Rao, which had Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Ravindra Bhat refused to hear the plea filed by the advocate Mitul Jain.

By: Ishan Roy Chowdhury

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