After being embroiled in controversy for widespread technical glitches for a month, the results of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2018 have been published today. You may access the results here.
The announcement was made after a Supreme Court Bench comprising Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice M.M. Shantanagoudar on Wednesday refused to stay the publication of the results, directing the Grievance Redressal Committee established by NUALS, Kochi to submit its report to it by June 6. The Bench had also made it clear that the exam cannot be cancelled.
The Grievance Redressal Committee was set up in view of the Supreme Court order issued on 25 May for effective redressal of the grievances put forth by scores of candidates who appeared for the exam this year. The Committee is chaired by former Kerala High Court Judge, Justice Hariharan Nair, and also comprises of Dr. Santhosh Kumar G., Professor and Head, Department of Computer Science, Cochin University of Science and Technology.
The order was issued by the Apex Court on a Petition filed by six students from three States demanding a retest of CLAT, 2018. The Petition, filed through Advocates Anand Shankar Jha and Siddharth Tiwari highlights various instances of "grossly improper, arbitrary and negligent conduct" of the examination, and claims that students from more than 15 States are likely to join the petition in the near future.
The Petition begins by listing down several hardships faced by the students due to the technical glitches that marred this year's examination, and submits that several students lost about 5 to 30 minutes due to such technical issues. Besides, it also places on record other problems faced by the students, including poor infrastructure of examination centers, lack of proper guidance from staff recruited by the examination centers and copying.
It thereafter contends, "...the lackadaisical implementation of CLAT 2018 has severely jeopardized the future of students who have sacrificed precious years to get a fair chance for those 2 hours, which was conveniently taken away from them on account of gross negligence exhibited by the CLAT Convener."
Notably, the Petition also highlights the fact that neither have the students' representations been acknowledged by the authorities, nor has an expert committee been appointed to look into the issues. Addressing this concern, the Supreme Court had suggested setting up of a nodal agency to examine the grievances of candidates on a case to case basis and offer redressal.
It had then assured the Petitioners, "...whatever problems you have mentioned in your Representation shall be looked into on a case-to-case basis by some authority…if something remains, then we shall see…"
Thereafter, 29 more law aspirants had moved the Apex Court on 29 May, praying for a retest, and reiterating the grounds of technical glitches and gross mismanagement. However, with the results now having been announced, it is for the Grievance Redressal Committee to adequately address the issues flagged by the students.
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