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Delhi HC dismisses plea for CLAT examination from house, says chance of manipulation can’t be dominated out

The chance of house exams being compromised or manipulated by contributors or teaching centres can’t be dominated out, the Delhi High Court has mentioned whereas dismissing a plea that candidates be allowed to take Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020 from their properties as an alternative of exams centres because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The courtroom mentioned the issue of accessibility for 78,000 candidates to applicable know-how, web connection, laptop computer or desktop pc can be uncertain and the plea for house examination can’t be accepted.

The CLAT-2020 examination, to be held on August 22 earlier, will now be performed on September 28.

Justice Jayant Nath mentioned it’s clear that the pleas of the petitioner are misplaced and can’t be a floor for suspending the exams or change of mode to conduct the examination.

“I may also note that the petitioner (V Govinda Ramanan) has completed his LLB in 2016. It is now after a gap of 4 years that he seeks to apply for a post graduation in law. The petitioner has hence waited for four years to give the exam. There is no merit in the present petition. The same is dismissed,” the decide mentioned.

While the order was handed on September 10, it was made out there on the courtroom web site on Wednesday.

The petition was filed by the petitioner in search of an applicable course to quash the CLAT- 2020 examination notification issued by the Consortium of National Law Universities (NLU) in as far as it mandates the petitioner to bodily go to the examination centre and provides the examination.

CLAT is a centralised examination for admissions to bachelors and masters programs in legislation in 22 NLUs within the nation and is performed by the consortium.

Under the CLAT 2020 notification, the examination can be held on-line at notified centres the place computer systems can be arrange for candidates to entry the take a look at.

The petitioner, who’s a legislation graduate and needs to pursue his LLM, mentioned he suffered from bronchial asthma and falls below the weak class of people who’re suggested by the federal government to not go exterior within the current time of COVID-19 pandemic.

The consortium informed the courtroom that the choice to conduct CLAT-2020 at bodily take a look at centres was challenged by means of Public Interest Litigation earlier than the Supreme Court which has dismissed it.

The excessive courtroom mentioned, “Keeping in view the aforesaid, it is clear that the aforesaid order (of Supreme Court) would remain binding on this court.” “Even in any other case, it’s clear that the plea of respondent no.1 (consortium) {that a} home-based examination might not be applicable for roughly 78,000 candidates who’re to take the examination. The chance of the exams being compromised or manipulated by the contributors/teaching facilities can’t be dominated out.

“That aside, the issue of accessibility for 78,000 candidates to applicable know-how, web connection, laptop computer or desktop pc itself can be uncertain. Hence this plea of the petitioner can’t be accepted.” the excessive courtroom mentioned.

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