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Jharkhand HC hears Plea challenging NLSIU's NLAT [LIVE UPDATES]

The Jharkhand High Court is hearing the plea moved by five students challenging the conduct of NLAT by NLSIU for its law school admissions this year in lieu of CLAT.

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The Jharkhand High Court is hearing the plea moved by five students challenging the conduct of NLAT by NLSIU for its law school admissions this year in lieu of CLAT.

Live updates from the hearing today feature on this page.

How are you prejudiced? Court asks.

Counsel - Examination pattern for NLAT is different from CLAT. Only 10 days' notice given

Hearing begins. Advocate Shubham Gupta making submissions for petitioners

What do you mean by changing pattern? Is there a complete deviation which requires students to study a completely different subject? Court asks NLSIU

Judge miffed with lawyer leaving video conference midway. "Young lawyers must know the decorum of the Court", Justice Shankar

NLSIU and Consortium office are situated in Karnataka. How can Jharkhand HC hear the matter? Justice Shankar asks. If a matter has pan-India ramifications, how can we adjudicate it?

Counsel for Union informs High Court that another plea is pending before Supreme Court. When is the matter coming up? judge asks

Senior Advocate Sajan Poovayya points to another petition filed before Madhya Pradesh HC. Notice has not been issued b SC or MP HC, Poovayya points out.

It is not that the Jharkhand High Court does not have jurisdiction, but it may choose not to exercise its jurisdiction on grounds of forum non conveniens: Poovayya

Forum non conveniens would come into play in this case, Jharkhand HC says. It is a difficult situation when petitions are filed in different HCs.

This is the first writ petition filed in the country, counsel for petitioner says.

What is these matters are not listed before SC and MP HC before exam takes place? This notification is in blatant violation of a Supreme Court order on CLAT exam, counsel for petitioner

While NLSIU has provided option for students to appear in test centres, it has said in its notification that NLISU will not be responsible for technical faults, internet disconnection etc. There is no such centre in Jharkhand, counsel argues

Poovayya - We have decreased the internet requirements to 512 kbps. NLSIU has made special arrangement with IDIA to cater to needs of students who don't have access to computers/internet

We have reduced the number of questions without changing the pattern. We are not testing students on aptitude of law, Poovayya.

30,298 students have already registered. Only a handful of students are raising grievances against NLAT

NLSIU VC (in capacity of Secretary Treasurer of NLU Consortium) filed affidavit in Delhi HC saying that online exam would not be feasible for CLAT, counsel for petitioner argues NLISU

Will separate exam be held only this year or every year? Court asks. Poovayya - Decision has been taken for this year. Executive Council of NLSIU will meet and decide future course of action

The main issue is that of jurisdiction of the High Court, given the pan-India ramifications of the exam, Court posts matter for orders tomorrow.

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