The NLU Consortium has unanimously resolved to divest Professor Sudhir Krishnaswami, Vice Chancellor, NLSIU, Bangalore, of his functions as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Consortium, with immediate effect.
The decision comes in the backdrop of NLSIU's recent decision to withdraw from CLAT 2020 and hold a separate entrance examination for admissions to its five year B.A LL.B(Hons) course for the academic year 2020-21.
The Consortium has clarified that no other Law University, except the NLSIU, is going to hold its test independently as was "erroneously reported" in the social media.
The Consortium has further resolved to shift the Secretariat of the Consortium, presently situated at NLSIU Bangalore, to the NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.
It has been intimated that Professor Faizan Mustafa, Vice-Chancellor of NALSAR and the Senior-most member of the Consortium shall discharge all the administrative and secretarial functions of the Consortium.
Professor K. D. Rao, Vice-Chancellor of NLU- Odisha shall discharge the financial functions of the Treasurer of the CLAT Consortium.
The Consortium has criticized Professor Krishnaswami's "unilateral decision" of going ahead with his own independent test and has stated that the same is in derogation of the Bye-laws and the Objectives of the Consortium.
It has intimated that a special meetings of the Executive Council and General Body of the Consortium shall be held on Tuesday, 8th September, 2020 to consider the necessary amendments in the Bye-Laws and MoU to address such eventualities.
Notably, Professor Krishnaswami had told the Bar and Bench that other NLUs were also concerned over the delay in conducting CLAT 2020. Refuting these claims the Consortium said that Professor Krishnaswami's statement "was purely his personal opinion."
"No other member University is neither feeling hard pressed in the Consortium nor has any plans of conducting its own independent admission test for 2020," it said.