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CLAT 2012 university list may contain errors that will be fixed ‘judiciously’ in June, says NLU-J VC

Mathur: To act judiciously and avoid injustice
Mathur: To act judiciously and avoid injustice

Candidates’ university allocation in the 2012 Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT) would be reshuffled in June as human error may have caused mistakes and around 125 future students have submitted complaints, said Justice NN Mathur, vice chancellor of NLU Jodhpur and convenor of the 2012 CLAT, adding that the process would be carried out “judiciously”.

Legally India reported on Tuesday (29 May) that the CLAT university allotment list, which was published on Monday, was criticised by a number of test takers who claimed that their preferences had not been taken into account. The list was later that day removed for download from the official CLAT website.

“Human error may be there [in the allocation list] and when there are representations - even when there is a single representation - I am supposed to look into that,” Mathur told Legally India today by phone.

He noted that between 125 to 130 representations from CLAT applicants had been received to date by NLU Jodhpur. “I have asked my office to look into each and every representation and complete the process and if necessary [to reshuffle].”

Reshuffling was a “regular” and “continuing process” that would take place in the full month of June, he said.

“There may be change of a law school [for some students] – that must be looked into it if students were not given [allocations] as per their merit and performance,” he noted. “I don’t want to do injustice of a single student.”

“Suppose some have preferred or have given NUJS and by mistake it has gone to Patna or Lucknow or somewhere, judiciously we will look into it. I can’t keep my eyes closed on it.”

Any fees that students deposited for admission in a college would be transferred to another college if the allocation preferences were changed, added Mathur.

He admitted that “there may be one or two” cases where students would be reshuffled into a college that they listed as a lower preference.

Mathur also noted that the published CLAT scores were calculated out of 200 marks, as originally envisaged, and not 170 as had been speculated by some CLAT applicants and observers online after a writ petition was filed in the Delhi high court, alleging that questions asked in the paper were not part of the syllabus.

That writ was dismissed by the court on Saturday (26 May), while a second petition in the Allahabad high court will still be heard.

Note: CLAT takers interested in making representations about their university allocation can do so by writing an email to , said Mathur.

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