SC refuses to cancel CLAT 2020 exams

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SC refuses CLAT 2020 exams

In a major development, the Supreme Court Friday refused to either cancel the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)-2020 or stay the counselling process and asked five candidates, who were seeking quashing of the exam alleging technical glitches, to give their grievances within two days to the redressal committee.

CLAT is a centralised national level entrance test for admissions to 23 National Law Universities (NLUs) in India and the test was held on September 28.

A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and M R Shah was informed by senior lawyer P S Narasimha, appearing for consortium of NLUs, that there is a grievance redressal committee headed by a former Chief Justice of India which can consider the issues of the petitioners.

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We are of the view that the petitioners shall submit the grievances within two days from today and the grievance redressal committee will take a decision on the complaints, the bench said in its order.

We cannot stop the counselling, the bench told senior advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan, appearing for the petitioners.

Sankaranarayanan told the bench that there were technical glitches in the exam which was conducted online and certain questions were not correct.

There is no response from the consortium of NLUs on around 19,000 objections, Sankaranarayanan said, adding that there has been a software defect which led to a situation which has never happened before.

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