Petition challenging the conduct of this year’s Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2020) through the online mode declined by SC

PIL filed by one Mitul Jain assailing the notification issued by the Consortium of National Law Universities dated June 29 is refuses by the bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta, and S Ravindra Bhat which declared that this year’s CLAT would be an online exam.
On August 22 Through this notification the computer-based online exam would be held at centres across the country, the NLU Consortium had announced that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic
Before the Supreme Court the petitioner pleaded that that this declaration of online mode for conduct of CLAT violates the principle of “legitimate expectation”. It was pointed out that aspirants have spent over a year preparing for the test believing that it would be held offline. The sudden change in the mode of the exam is adverse to the students, it was claimed.
The petition claims that if the test was to be shifted from the offline mode to the online mode several aspirants would be at a disadvantage.
The Court, after observing that every year some averments are made against the CLAT, declined to entertain the PIL.

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