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High court stays NLIU Bhopal domicile seat allocation that was quietly botched up in CLAT

The Jabalpur high court on Tuesday (23 June) stayed the downgrading of at least 15 Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) candidates who were allotted NLIU Bhopal in the first allotment list under the Madhya Pradesh state domicile category, but were later assigned lower-preference colleges in the second list.

According to Vikas Awasthi, one of the petitioners before the Jabalpur High Court, all 15 candidates were allotted NLIU Bhopal under the state domicile category when the first list came out on 9th June.

When the second list allotted them other institutes despite their preferences being ‘locked’, they protested before the CLAT convener committee at RMNLU.

The CLAT authorities had informed them that NLIU Bhopal had asked the CLAT convenors to change the published allocations, because they intended to give admission in the domicile category horizontally and not vertically as advertised in the CLAT brochure.

The Jabalpur high court stayed the change in allocations in the second list and maintained the status quo of 9 June, when the first list came out. While they are yet to receive a copy of the order, Awasthi said that they have personally informed both NLIU Bhopal as well as the CLAT convener at RMLNLU, and also sent mail to all 16 CLAT colleges.

Legally India had reported on 17 June how a number of CLAT candidates who had been allotted NLIU Bhopal in the first list, had ‘locked’ the preference by paying the Rs 50,000 counselling fees but were later shunted downwards rather than upwards in the second allotment list.

Only a few days later, without any apparent notice, NLIU then dropped 26 unreserved state seats that were advertised in the CLAT brochure, instead adding those 26 seats to the all-India unreserved category.

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