CLAT PIL in News

The following news items capture the various developments, which have taken place in relation to the CLAT PIL till date:

  • (November 28, 2018): The Bench consisting of Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice R. Subash Reddy expressed its inclination towards entrusting the conduct of CLAT to the National Testing Agency. The NLUs however submitted that they had formed a Consortium and were setting up a permanent CLAT secretariat at Bangalore. We submitted that the Consortium was no different from what existed earlier and pressed for the National Testing Agency to be entrusted with conducting CLAT. The Court took on record the submission of the Ministry of Human Resource Development that it would convene a meeting of all relevant stakeholders and submit its recommendations regarding the holding of CLAT. The Court posted the matter for a day after the recommendations were submitted.


  • (October 30, 2018): The Bench consisting of Justice S.A.Bobde and Justice L. Nageswara Rao directed the Government to serve the report on the conduct of CLAT 2018 on all the parties. We submitted that while the National Testing Agency may be best placed to conduct CLAT, the Agency needs to be guided by a panel of legal experts. The matter will now be listed for a day after Diwali.




  • (April 20, 2018) : In the latest development, the Supreme Court ordered the issue of notices to all National Law Universities (‘NLUs’).  Notices to Union of India (Respondent No.1), Bar Council of India (Respondent No.2), and Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (Respondent No.11) were already issued in September 2015. With the latest order, notices have been directed on all Respondents. Apart from this, the Supreme Court on the latest date of hearing has asked the Additional Solicitor General whether NLUs can be declared as institutes of national importance.





  • 12, 2016): On August 12, 2016, the Supreme Court Division Bench presiding over the matter imposed a fine of Rs.25,000 on the Bar Council of India for failing to file its counter-affidavit to Prof.Basheer’s petition. BCI was allowed to file its counter within four weeks from the date of the order subject to the payment of the fine.