In a counter-affidavit, the college stated: “The academic year for the incoming batch of first-year students for the academic Year 2020-21 will fall short of 285 days if NLSIU does not complete admissions by September 18… postponement of CLAT 2020 from September 7 to September 28 rendered completion of admissions to NLSIU and commencement of term by September 18 impossible.”
The college contended that the implementation of NLAT 2020 can also be permitted and in accordance with relevant legislation, and as per the NLSI Act, the Executive Council is the Chief Executive Body of NLSIU, which authorised the college to conduct its personal admission course of.
“Further, the Memorandum of Association and Bye-Laws of the Consortium of National Law Schools, which conducts the CLAT exam, do not prohibit a member from conducting its own admissions test to determine admissions, especially when CLAT is not held by the Consortium,” stated the college’s affidavit.
Former NLSIU VC R. Venkata Rao and Rakesh Kumar Agarwalla, the mum or dad of a scholar of the college, of their response filed via advocate Vipin Nair, stated: “It is also important to submit at the outset that both the Respondent No.1/NLS University and Respondent No.2/Vice Chancellor have never, at any point of time ever intimated either the student community or the Consortium that there was indeed a parallel move to have its independent separate examination apart from CLAT.”
They additionally argued that the college has confronted widespread backlash from famend lecturers, college students, legal professionals, and throughout the media for its exclusionary and onerous technical necessities to conduct the exam.
On September 11, the Supreme Court gave the inexperienced sign to NLSIU, Bengaluru, to conduct separate exam — NLAT-2020 — scheduled on Saturday, however requested it to not announce the outcomes until the pendency of the plea.
A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and M.R. Shah sought response from the college and its Vice-Chancellor Sudhir Krishnaswamy inside three days.
The prime courtroom will hear the matter on Wednesday.
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