The Rajasthan High Court issued a notice on 14 February jointly to all 14 national law universities & Colleges, HRD Ministry and the conducting authorities of Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), questioning that why question papers and a copy of OMR (Optical mark recognition) sheet were not handed to the students who appeared in the CLAT exam.
The division bench headed by Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice B L Sharma had issued these notices to the Core Committee and Implementation Committee of the Common Law Admission Test – 2014 as well as Bar Council of India along with others to seek their reply, which must be sent within 2 weeks.
The petition was filed by a coaching institute – Law prep Institute, and few others, the petitioners raised few points and brought the matter up of the CLAT question paper and carbon copy of the OMR sheet to be made available to the candidates who appears in the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), besides, releasing answer keys of the questions that came in CLAT paper, in the least possible time.
The petition claimed that no examination paper and copy of OMR sheet is handed to the candidates of CLAT as compared to other national level entrance examinations. This becomes the cause of suspicion among aspirants and does not allow candidates to self-assess.
The petitioner has basically appealed to make CLAT transparent and fair.
Furthermore, the other appeals of the petitioner include the National Law University in Delhi to join CLAT for admissions and the petition also states that the admission procedure can be made to be conducted by a core-committee which may jointly formed by all the respondent NLUs spread across India.