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‘What are you doing in Delhi?’: HC rejects aspirant, alumn’s NLS Bangalore reservation challenge, suggests refiling in Karnataka

The Delhi high court today declined to hear a petition challenging Karnataka’s NLSIU Bangalore reservation, argued by 2006 NLS graduate and Supreme Court advocate Shadan Farasat on behalf of Delhi-resident petitioner and Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) aspirant Shubham Kumar Jha, as first reported by LiveLaw.

The writ had challenged the 25% horizontal domicile reservation at NLSIU, arguing that the Delhi court should be able to hear the case because the CLAT was conducted all over the country.

The Delhi high court bench of justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad said: “What are you doing in Delhi, the concerned law pertains to the State of Karnataka. You can’t move this court’s jurisdiction just because you reside in Delhi. You have impleaded so many bodies in the petition who do not even have anything to do in this case.

“The interest of your client is at stake here. Time is of essence, and you should move the appropriate forum.”

Meanwhile, the NLS executive council (EC) had signed off on increasing the batch size to 120, though this would be unlikely to take effect for this year’s CLAT, unlike the domicile reservation.

NLS has also made 9 offers for faculty to join.

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