Supreme Court dismisses to stay CLAT counselling

On Wednesday, The Supreme Court refused to stay the counselling process for admissions to 19 national law schools across the country under the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2018.

A Vacation Bench of Justices A.K. Goel and Ashok Bhushan was hearing a batch of petitions by students who complained of technical glitches in the conduct of CLAT.

The admissions would continue as per schedule, the court said.

“It is made clear that any further steps in the matter will be subject to further orders.”

The bench posted the matter for hearing on June 11.

The report of the Grievance Redressal Committee, set up by National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) at Kochi, represented by advocate Karthik Ashok, to look into several complaints about technical glitches during the exam held on May 13 was placed before the court.

The court ordered its registry to furnish copies of the report to the parties. The court had on May 31 refused to stay the declaration of the CLAT results. It had rejected the contention of the petitioners that CLAT 2018 should be conducted afresh.

Over 50,000 candidates had sat for the CLAT 2018 held on May 13.

On May 25, NUALS had set up the two-member grievance panel led by Justice Hariharan Nair, a former Kerala High Court judge, to address the grievances of students. The Court had at the time asked for a status report on the grievances and complaints to be placed before it by May 30.

Students have highlighted various issues regarding the conduct of the exam, including power cuts, slow biometric verification, blank screens, substantial loss of time in system log-ins, frequent resetting of computer systems, hanging of computer systems, server shutdown and difficulty in moving from one question to another.

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