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[Exclusive]: Petition over Maharashtra’s Law CET to be heard by Supreme Court tomorrow

Anuj Agrawal

The Supreme Court of India shall be hearing a challenge to the Bombay High Court’s decision in the Maharashtra law CET matter.

The petition, which is listed before Madan B Lokur and RK Agrawal JJ. tomorrow, contains a number of prayers that are likely to affect the 30,000-odd students who wrote the common entrance test. However, tomorrow’s hearing includes an application for filing additional documents, and hence it is unlikely to be substantially heard tomorrow.

Pradnya Talekar, who represented the petitioners in the CET challenge before the Bombay High Court, said that one of the reliefs sought is the use of the students’ 12th standard marks instead of the CET score as a one-off measure this year. According to Talekar, only 6,000 students have managed to score above 35% leading to the cut-off being reduced to zero.

Talekar also says that the current recognition crisis, where more than 40 law colleges in the state have not yet gotten BCI recognition, means that the admission process is likely to be only completed by October. In fact, the BCI has already taken action against a number of colleges in Maharashtra, including the Government Law College in Mumbai.

The petition before the Supreme Court raises a number of questions of law, including the grounds that were agitated before the Bombay High Court. The question that remains to be answered is whether the Supreme Court will intervene, and grant interim relief of any kind.

All eyes now on the Supreme Court.

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