No age limit for CLAT: SC refuses to interfere with Allahabad HC's interim order [Updated]

No age limit for CLAT: SC refuses to interfere with Allahabad HC

A Supreme Court Bench comprising of Justice Gopala Gowda and Justice C. Nagappan has refused to interfere with the interim order of the Allahabad High Court which had scrapped the upper age limit for CLAT-2015. The appeal was filed against RMNLU, the organizing university.

While allowing the petitioner to withdraw the petition with the liberty to approach the Allahabad High Court for review or recall of its judgment, the bench observed, “What is the justification for the maximum age of 20 years. A brilliant student does not get the opportunity to give the exam, or fails before 20, he will not be able to give the exam.”

Earlier this month, LiveLaw had reported that Allahabad High Court has scrapped the upper age limit of 20 years for CLAT-2015, on a petition filed by 21 students whose online applications for CLAT-2015 were not accepted by the computer database as they were shown to be overage.

This year CLAT-2015 is being organized by Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow, inviting applications for CLAT- 2015 for admission to 16 National Law Schools in different parts of the country. The last date for submission of Online Application Form is 31.03.2015 (11:59 p.m.), and the exam is scheduled on 10.05.2015.

Rajasthan High Court had also issued an interim stay on the age limit prescribed for the Common Law Admission Test, on a Petition filed by two 1st year students of NLSIU, Bangalore. The Organizing Universities have been prescribed by the Court to collectively consider and take an informed decision, in advising the Organizing University in respect of the maximum age to avoid multiplicity of proceedings. Further, the Director of RMNLU, Lucknow was directed to display the interim order on their website. Read the Petition and High Court order here.