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CLAT 2018 innings of writs begins in Jaipur HC • NLU Jodhpur joins tangle as respondent • Lit funding drive starts to hire senior counsel

Yep, Clataclysm is very much back again this year...
Yep, Clataclysm is very much back again this year...

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2018 will be facing the first of what are likely many legal challenges this year, with a writ in the Rajasthan high court filed by two candidates today, three days after the 13 May exam.

Jaipur bench judge Justice Inderjeet Singh will hear CLAT 2018 candidates Akshay Jain and Mansi Jain tomorrow, as petitioners-in-person, in CW 10818/2018 against CLAT 2018 convenor Nuals Kochi, CLAT 2018 technical partner Sify Technologies, test centre Dr Radhakrishnan Institute of Technology and NLU Jodhpur.

Jain and Jain were among the candidates allegedly affected by the conduct of the invigilators at Jaipur’s Radhakrishnan Institute of Technology test centre where, as we reported on Monday, the invigilators reportedly denied candidates extra time they were entitled to on the ground of technical flubs that had caused them to lose test time.

In their writ they have named two invigilators, who are faculty members of NLU Jodhpur, and have asked the high court to stay the results of the 13 May exam that are scheduled to be released on 31 May, and to re-conduct the exam.

We understand from our sources that at least four other writs are being planned by various candidates.

At the latest count, 2,029 candidates have so far complained of being unfairly harmed due to technical errors at various exam centres across India, according to responses to the Google form set up by Law School 101 we had reported on yesterday.

The publisher of the Google form, Nalsar Hyderabad alumnnus Vennela Krishna, with NUJS Kolkata alumnus Sumit Gupta, have now also published another form online urging at least 500 candidates to come forward and contribute around Rs 3,000 each to hire a senior advocate to challenge the CLAT 2018 in the Supreme Court.

Already in the Supreme Court is Prof Shamnad Basheer’s writ highlighting the annual misconduct of of the CLAT, with specific examples, and praying for a permanent body to conduct the CLAT instead of the currently followed rotational system between CLAT NLUs.

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