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NLAT plot keeps thickening: Ex-VC Venkata Rao challenges ‘exclusion island’ NLSIU in SC writ

The return of Venkata Rao to NLSIU
The return of Venkata Rao to NLSIU

Just when you thought the twists and turns in the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) and NLSIU Bangalore saga could not get any more dramatic, the predecessor of current NLSIU Bangalore vice-chancellor (VC) Prof Sudhir Krishnaswamy, Prof Venkata Rao, has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court against the institution he used to head on a plethora of grounds, according to LiveLaw and Bar & Bench.

Rao filed the petition against the National Law Aptitude Test (NLAT) jointly with Rakesh Kumar Agarwalla, the parent of a candidate, via advocates Sughosh Subramanyam and Vipin Nair. The petition in the apex court follows at least one high court petition (in Jharkhand) challenging the NLAT.

He alleged that NLS’ decision to hold its separate entrance test was “unilateral” and the petition is strong on historical Law School rhetoric, noting, according to LiveLaw:

Ostensibly it appears that the sole aim of the Respondent No. 2 [NLSIU VC Prof. [Dr.] Sudhir Krishnaswamy] is to turn the Respondent No. 1 [NLSIU] from an island of excellence to an island of exclusion

The petition, a full copy of which is viewable here, accuses NLSIU of:

  • violating the bylaws of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) consortium by spinning up its own exam,
  • that home proctored tests were prone to being cheated on,
  • not giving sufficient notice to candidates of the exam, which is scheduled for 12 September, with mocks scheduled between tomorrow and 11 September.

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