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NLSIU Bangalore origin-agnostic reservation challenged in PIL

The Karnataka High Court has issued notices to NLSIU Bangalore and the state government after admitting a public interest litigation (PIL) that sought a reservation of seats in the national law school for students residing in the state, according to newspaper reports.

Advocate M V V Ramana appeared for petitioner B Srikumar before the division bench of justices V G Sabhahit and A S Bopanna when the matter was taken up yesterday as  WP 18362/2010 in court hall 4.

The Times of India reported that Ramana told the court: "The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) was conducted on May 9 and the results were declared on May 29. The admissions for 2010-11 batch are going to be completed by June 28 and classes will commence from July first week at NLSIU, Bangalore. Of the 80 in the select list, less than 10% are local students.

"There are 11 National Law Schools in the country. In most of these institutions, a percentage of seats is reserved for domicile students. This percentage is up to 50 % seats in some of them. At NLSIU (Bangalore), no such percentage is provided for locals," added Ramana according to the Times of India.

In September 2009 the Karnataka High Court had also ruled against the inclusion of SC/ST from outside the state under NLSIU's LLB reserved category.

NLSIU does not currently have a local state reservation. In the most recent Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT) 18 places were reserved for scheduled castes or tribes (SC/ST) from any state and 55 general places, which were also not state-specific.

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