The Supreme Court of India on July 2 refused to stay the decision of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bengaluru to reserve 25 per cent of its seats for students from Karnataka.

A Bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Ravindra Bhat was hearing a petition that sought a stay order on the NLSIU notification that has introduced a 25 per cent horizontal quota for Karnataka students seeking admission to BA, LLB (honours) and LLM programmes offered by the university.

The Argument of the Petitioners was that the altered admission notification is an attempt to overturn the Karnataka High Court’s decision.

Opposing the Plea Advocate General Prabhuling Navadgi for the State of Karnataka stated that the High Court struck down the amending legislation on the grounds that the legislature lacked the authority to introduce reservation in NLSIU.

The bench, however, was not persuaded to issue an interim order.

The bench also denied Shankaranarayanan’s request for a posting before the CLAT deadline on July 23.The matter has been adjourned until August by the bench.

There is no stay. In August, file the matter. The tests shall continue, ordered Justice Rao.

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