CLAT 2016 to be conducted by RGNUL Patiala; writ petition pending in SC
CLAT 2016 shall be conducted by Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law Patiala
(RGNUL Patiala). The NLU has officially notified the same while a Writ Petition
demanding constitution of a permanent body of CLAT is still pending in the Supreme
Court of India. RGNUL Patiala has officially announced that it shall be conducting CLAT
2016 for admissions to undergraduate as well as post graduate law programmes
including BA LLB, LLM and Ph.D.
The announcement came in between while a writ petition filed by Dr. Shamnad
Basheer, is still pending in the Supreme Court of India. The next hearing for this
petition is January 4, 2016.
Earlier, Dr. Shamnad Basheer had filed a Writ Petition in the Supreme Court
demanding formation of a permanent CLAT conducting body. He says, “The petition
seeks intervention of the apex court against arbitrary, unreasonable, inconsistent,
opaque, negligent, sub-standard and inefficient implementation of the Common Law
Admission Test (CLAT) held by National Law Universities (NLUs) constituting CLAT
Committee, every year by rotation in the order of their establishment and not a
Last year, CLAT was conducted by Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University
(RMLNLU) and had been drawn to a number of controversies including erroneous
questions. The law aspirants filed a number of cases in different courts regarding the
erroneous questions but the CLAT Committee barring a few questions, didn’t pay heed
to the law aspirants’ appeal. Despite the pending court cases, RMLNLU conducted the
counselling process and after completing the admission formalities, on July 7 closed
the central admission process of CLAT 2015.
Different exam experts had commented that the ‘non-friendly action’ of CLAT
Committee and RMLNLU, had outraged the law aspirants and it had led to demand of
a permanent CLAT body.
Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is the national level law entrance exam conducted
every year for shortlisting candidates for as many as 2190 seats distributed among the
16 participating NLUs. Last year as many as 39686 candidates had registered for CLAT
out of which 37358 candidates appeared for the admission test.