A division bench of Justices B V Nagathrama and Ravi V Hosmani of the Karnataka High Court have invalidated the 25% reservation mandate for admitting domicile students in the National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU). The bench has ruled that the University is unique and of national character not amounting to that of a state university.
Under the NLSIU act, 1986, the Karnataka government had a limited role in the affairs of the University but had no power to pass the NLSIU (Amending) Act, 2020 for reserving seats for the students of Karnataka. The court held that the mandate violates article 14 and 15 of the constitution. Additionally, the notification for 5% concession for domicile students was also quashed.
The court also recognized the significant and pervasive role of the Bar Council of India in the establishment and functioning of the Law school, who were also one of the petitioners in the PIL before the court