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2nd CLAT writ seeks to cancel, re-hold 2012 admissions test; NLU-J served, next hearing on 28 May

CLAT exams, again?
CLAT exams, again?

A second writ petition seeking to cancel the NLU Jodhpur-organised Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT) was heard in the Allahabad high court today.

The petition was filed by sixteen-year-old Class XII student Tanaya Thakur through her mother Dr Nutan Thakur, who is a social activist, journalist and writer from Lucknow.

They claim that the CLAT paper was in “utter violation of its specifically announced Pattern of the CLAT Paper for Under-Graduate Programme” and “deliberately and blatantly deviated from this announced syllabus and pattern” - complaints which were first reported by Legally India on Sunday (13 May).

The writ petition No 2965/2012 against NLU Jodhpur was heard before the bench of Justice SS Chauhan today (24 May). The court would serve the college with the petition by fax, with the next date of hearing fixed for 28 May, said Tanaya Thakur in an email to Legally India.

Tanaya Thakur said: “There are two main grounds for filing this writ petition. The first is that the organizing Institute, NLU Jodhpur had said that general knowledge section will only test students on their knowledge of current affairs, i.e., matters featuring in the mainstream media between March 2011 and March 2012.

Similarly for legal aptitude it said that this section will test students only on legal aptitude and not any prior knowledge of law or legal concepts. If a legal term is used it will be explained in the question itself. But in contradiction to what the organizing Institution said, at least 22-25 sections in the [general knowledge] GK section came much beyond the current affairs period. Similarly there were many legal terms in legal aptitude section that was not defined.”

The petition has prayed for the high court to:

Issue a writ of Mandamus commanding the Respondent, National Law University, Jodhpur, which is the organising Institution for Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) this year (2012) to quash the entire all India entrance examination for admissions to their under-graduate degree programme, viz. Common Law Admission Test for LLb entrance as being in utter violation to their own specified syllabus and the specific declarations and announcements made in this regards and to conduct the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) for LLb entrance once again, this time adhering to its own syllabus and set of declarations and announcements.

A petition by three other CLAT takers was also heard in the Delhi high court today.

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