CLAT 2018: SC refuses to stall declaration of merit list; NUALS oppose plea seeking restraining order

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stall the declaration of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2018 merit list and consequent counselling with a rider that the entire exercise will be subject to the outcome of the petitions pending before it.

File image of Supreme Court. Reuters

File image of Supreme Court. Reuters

The CLAT 2018 merit list will be out on Thursday.

The results were declared on 31 May.

The apex court's decision came as the Kochi-based National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) opposed the plea seeking the restraining order.

The court also directed that the Grievance Redressal Committee's (GRC) report submitted before it on Wednesday in a sealed cover, be made available to all the parties before it, including the petitioners.

The GRC headed by former Kerala High Court Judge MR Hariharan Nair along with Professor Santosh Kumar was set-up on 25 May on the directions of the top court to look into all complaints by the petitioners.

The court has been hearing a batch of petitions by students who sought the scrapping of the CLAT 2018 online exam held on 13 May.

They said there were technical glitches during the exam.

There were also allegations of cheating as some centres gave excess time to some students to make up for the lost time on account of the glitches in operating the computers.

The top court had on 30 May given its nod for the declaration of CLAT 2018 results as it had given more time to the GRC to probe the complaints.

Initially 251 complaints were received by the NUALS till 23 May, and there were 25 petitioners who had knocked at the doors of the Supreme Court and five high courts seeking cancellation and re-conducting fresh exams.

The court had also permitted other students to approach the GRC and submit their complaints online by 7 pm on 27 May.

The matter will next be heard on 11 June.

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Updated Date: Jun 06, 2018 16:18:39 IST

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