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Allahabad HC: No age limit for CLAT, directs that two 21-year-olds can sit exam

CLAT: Age no bar
CLAT: Age no bar

The Allahabad high court on Tuesday directed GNLU Gandhinagar to allow two 21-year-old Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2014 aspirants to appear in the entrance exam, noting that the Bar Council of India (BCI) has already scrapped the upper age limit of 20 years for taking the exam.

The petitioners Kanha and another applicant, who had crossed the age of 20 by 28 days and 120 days, had claimed that their online application to appear in CLAT 2014 was not being accepted because even though the BCI had scrapped the age limit of 20 in a 28 September 2013 notification, the “computer data [had] not been upgraded”.

Justice MK Gupta in his order stated:

“Learned counsel for the petitioners in support of her contention has drawn the attention of the Court towards Notification dated 28.09.2013 by Bar Council of India (S.A. 1), which specifically mentions that in view of various decisions by different High Courts, the prescription of age limit of 20 years vide Rule 11 is unconstitutional and against the principles of natural justice and therefore, the said Rule is being withdrawn.

In view of the above, the petitioners, who are stated to be beyond 20 years merely by 28 and 120 days respectively, would be entitled to appear in the CLAT 2014 examination, provided they fulfill other eligibility parameters.”

Gupta directed GNLU to either allow Kanha and the other petitioner to appear in the CLAT if they present the order’s copy to the university within one week , or to show cause by 8 May why it wouldn’t allow them to appear in the entrance.

He fixed 8 May as the next date of hearing.

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