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The Madhya Pradesh High Court will hear a petition against the conduct of CLAT 2018, filed by Salil Khare and his daughter, Simran Khare who had appeared for this year’s exam.
On Monday, the petition came up before a Bench of Justices Atul Sreedharan and Jagdish Prasad Gupta. However, following the recusal of a judge, the matter is likely to be heard later this week.
The petition filed through Advocate Sanjay Lal, corroborates the claims made by other writ petitioners across the country regarding technical glitches and mismanagement of the CLAT this year. Issues faced personally by the petitioner include the following.
This apart, the petition also highlights various reports of similar issues having cropped up in the conduct of CLAT across the country year. The reports have been sourced from internet articles, online testimony by CLAT aspirants and their parents as well as recorded videos demonstrating irregularities during the conduct of the exam.
Notably, the petitioner also refers to an online survey carried out by Law School 101 through a google form. It is noted that the responses recorded, indicated that there were irregularities in at least 243 exam centres this year.
The petitioners contend that representations made to authorities of the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi, which conducted this year’s CLAT, failed to prompt any positive response.
Instead, subsequent reports suggested that the authorities were not ready to take any action whatsoever to protect the interest of the petitioner as well as various other students, even when very little time is left for the declaration of results.
Therefore, the petition filed before the High Court prays that the CLAT 2018 conducted on May 13 be canceled and re-conducted, so that all candidates may have a fair and equal chance of clearing the exam.
Further, the petition also prays that the petitioner be awarded marks after considering that she could have attempted at least 17 more questions, had it not been for technical glitches.