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[Breaking] NLSIU Domicile Reservation: Karnataka HC grants interim stay on NLSIU Amendment Act, directs preparation of new seat list

The Bench clarified that it has not passed any interim order with regard to the increase in the number of seats from 80 to 120.

Rintu Mariam Biju

The Karnataka High Court today granted an interim stay on the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Amendment Act, 2020, by which 25% reservation was introduced for students domiciled in the state.

in a batch of pleas challenging the 25% domicile reservation introduced at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU).

The interim stay order was passed by a Division Bench of Justices BV Nagarathna and Ravi Hosmani. The Bench also directed NLSIU to prepare a new seat list.

Further, the Bench said that the admission list prepared by NLSIU will be provisional and subject to the final orders of the Court.

The Bench went on to hold,

"In terms of the impugned Amendment Act, it shall not be notified or published in any manner pending disposal of these writ petitions in so far as 25% of the seats reserved horizontally for Karnataka students."

It was further clarified that the merit list to be published by the NLSIU shall be "dehors the 25% horizontal reservation made for Karnataka students".

The Court also proceeded to the stay the 5% concession in marks for Karnataka students.

This apart, the Bench stated that it had not issued any interim order with regard to the increase in number of seats from 80 to 120. It observed,

"Our interim order does not in anyway stay the seat matrix. You (NLSIU) will have it as 120 seats. Since we have stayed the impugned Amendment, we have also stayed the 5% concession. However, you please prepare a merit list as per the impugned Amendment and the 5% concession. You keep it in a sealed cover, don't publish it. You publish only the merit list without the Amendment now."

The Bench was prompted to pass the interim order bearing in mind the new developments pertaining to the National Law Aptitude Test, 2020 (NLAT), scheduled for September 12.

In this view, the Bench opined,

"We will give an interim order to protect both interests. It will be difficult for us to dispose it off by September 11....We will pass an interim order to bring certainity in the matter, we will strike a balance."

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