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CLAT 2019 Answer Key challenge: Raj HC allows petitioner to file representation with Consortium
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CLAT 2019 Answer Key challenge: Raj HC allows petitioner to file representation with Consortium

Meera Emmanuel

The Rajasthan High Court on Friday allowed CLAT candidate, Rochit Bakliwal to file a detailed representation with the Consortium concerning the correctness of the answer to question no. 82 of the CLAT 2019 Answer Key.

The High Court had issued notice in the matter last month. During the last hearing, the Court had directed the CLAT Consortium to file a short reply to the dispute raised by the petitioner.

However, on Friday, the counsel for the Consortium, Ashish Kumar Singh requested that more time be granted as he was yet to peruse certain additional documents received from the Consortium. In response, the Court has granted time till July 17 for the submission of the Consortium’s reply.

Further, the Court also granted the petitioner liberty to approach the Consortium with a detailed representation regarding his dispute. The order passed by Justice Ashok Kumar Gaur states,

Counsel for the petitioner submitted that meanwhile he may be given liberty to approach the respondents by filing a representation in which complete details will be given with respect to question in dispute i.e. question No. 82 in serial No. -A and same question is question No. 132 in Series No. -C

The petitioners is directed to file representation bringing out all the details in respect to said question. It is expected from the authorities that they will consider the representation and ill also pass necessary order to that effect. “

The matter will be taken up next on July 17.

The petitioner has disputed the correctness of the answer to question no. 82, provided in the CLAT 2019 Answer Key as published on the CLAT website.

Question no. 82 was as follows:

The Golden Peacock Award is given for excellence in

  1. Corporate Social Responsibility
  2. Energy Savings
  3. (C ) Literature
  4. Corporate Governance

In the Answer Key released on the CLAT website, option D was given as the correct answer. The petitioner had, however, marked option A as his answer.

It is the petitioner’s case that both option A and option D are correct as per the official website of ‘Golden Peacock Award’. The award, which has been instituted by the Institute of Directors (IOD), India is given for both Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance.

Further, the petitioner has also submitted that he directly contacted the IOD by email and raised the query regarding the award.

Lijo George, who holds the post of Additional General Manager in the Golden Peacock Awards Secretariat, had replied to the petitioner’s query and confirmed that the award is given for both Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance.

The petitioner had then raised an objection regarding certain other questions along with question no. 82, in accordance with the online procedure prescribed by the CLAT Consortium. The objection regarding question no. 82 was, however, not considered by the CLAT Consortium, prompting the current petition.

It is the petitioner’s prayer that a revised Answer key be published indicating both option A and option D as the correct answer for question 82. The score of the petitioner may also be revised taking into account the same, the petition prays.

The petitioner is being represented by advocates Kinshuk Jain and Anil Upman while the CLAT Consortium was represented by advocate Ashish Kumar Singh.

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