Centre fails to appear in Shamnad Basheer’s petition for permanent body for CLAT

Murali Krishnan

The Central Government has not responded in the public interest litigation filed in the Supreme Court seeking a permanent body for conducting CLAT.

The petition, filed by IP expert Shamnad Basheer in August 2015, came up for hearing in court 1 as item 2 today, but there was no lawyer representing the Centre.

The Court today allowed the petitioner’s counsel Liz Mathew to serve any of the Central government’s law officers.

The Bar Council of India has also been granted three more weeks to file their counter. The case will now he heard after four weeks.

In September last year, notice was issued to the Central Government, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, and Bar Council of India Chairman, Manan Kumar Mishra. Before that, then Chief Justice of India HL Dattu had recused from hearing the case.

Basheer had filed the PIL last year pointing out the various flaws in the conduct of the examination over the years. He had arraigned all the 18 National Law Universities (NLUs) as Respondents in the case.

He had the sought appointment of an expert committee consisting of key stakeholders from the legal ecosystem to review the working of the CLAT and suggest institutional reforms. He had also prayed for constituting an independent professional permanent body tasked with conducting CLAT on an annual basis.

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