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2013 CLAT applicants shown ‘kindness’ by HNLU, allowing aspirants to correct ‘improper’ applications

CLAT MCQ: Not pitiless
CLAT MCQ: Not pitiless

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2013 convenor HNLU Raipur rejected 1,317 out of 29,500 application forms that were “incomplete or filled improperly”, but on 23 April notified on its website that “on the basis of requests made by applicants and their parents” it would allow rejected applicants to apply again on a “provisional basis”.

The CLAT website provisionally listed 1,261 LLB and 56 LLM candidates, stating:

[…] the Convener of CLAT Core Committee in consultation with other members of the Committee has decided to allow these applicants to appear in CLAT-2013 and issue Admit Cards on provisional basis. For this purpose, the applicants will be required to submit a duly notarized Affidavit to be printed on non-judicial stamp paper worth Rs. 50/- to the CLAT Office latest by 6th May 2013 failing which the applicants will not be allowed to appear in the test scheduled to be held on 12th May 2013. An advanced soft copy of the Affidavit (scanned PDF file) may also be submitted by e-mail () to the CLAT Office for reference.

It is to be noted that the applicants who are being allowed to appear in the CLAT-2013 will not be entitled to claim any benefit on the basis of any information which they had not furnished in the OMR Application Form at the time of its submission.

Some rejected candidates complained on a Facebook page titled Honorable CLAT 2013 - Accept wrongly rejected applications that their forms were rejected on “trivial” and “unacceptable” grounds, such as “leaving the 7th box blank […] [for availing the] state domicile” or leaving a column on quota for handicapped people blank because of not wanting to avail that quota.

A rejected applicant’s relative wrote on the page:

In 2011 when this exam was organized by National University of Juridical sciences, they even published a list of those forms which are incomplete and gave reasonable time to the students to make correction in their form, I have not been able to see any of this effort on HNLU's part, at this time when HNLU, should have been sending admit cards, they are sending rejection letters and this is just hardly 20 days before this exam and that too on such negligible grounds.

After Raipur notified the list of provisionally admitted candidates, an aspirant wrote on the page:

CLAT 2013 Convener and the committee has set an example for other entrance exams too. Rectifying/showing kindness makes people great and not faulty.

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