SC Allows COVID Suspects to Take CLAT Exam in Isolation Room

The Supreme Court allowed an aspiring candidate suspected of the COVID-19 positive to take the CLAT examination in an isolated room. The Common Law Admission Test is an entrance exam conducted every year to provide admissions into various LLB, LLB 5-year Integrated, and LLM courses across 22 National Law Universities [NLUs]. This year, the officials have scheduled to conduct this exam on 28th September i.e., on Monday at 2 PM.

SC Allows COVID Suspects to Take CLAT Exam in Isolation Room
SC Allows COVID Suspects to Take CLAT Exam in Isolation Room

Justice Ashok Bhushan is the head of the bench at the apex court. He said, ‘In the facts of the present case, we are of the view that the student Deepansh Tripathi should be permitted to take his CLAT examination on September 28, 2020, in a separate isolation room to be provided by his Centre Superintendent.’ Besides the head, the bench also comprised Justices R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah. They directed that the candidate must ensure that a downloaded copy of this order must be presented before his Center Superintendent at the earliest possible by any other non-symptomatic person.

Upon passing such an order, the Center Superintendent will provide a separate room for the student to take up the examination. The candidate will enter into the center once the remaining examinees take entry and first leave the test venue. The apex court also said that the Centre Superintendent can request the Chief Medical Officer of the District or Superintendent, Government Hospital to offer adequate assistance to the medical staff.

The candidate has claimed that even if the admit card is issued to him, the COVID-19 symptomatic students will be sent to an isolated room. The Consortium of NLUs has issued some of the instructions and the authorities must follow the same. As per the instructions, the students who have been tested COVID-19 positive and are under medical surveillance or in isolation won’t be allowed to take up the CLAT 2020 exam.

The bench stated that the candidate has already received an admit card displaying the test venue as ION Digital Zone IDZ Chitoura Road, Bhartiya Vidya Mandhir Shiksha Samiti at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. In the candidate’s intervention application registered online, he said that he is highly stubborn to clear the CLAT exam. The student was seen holding a valid admit card for the admission test. As of now, he is in isolation after being suspected of a COVID-19 positive case. Otherwise, the student is fine and is completely prepared to take up the examination that has been scheduled to organize on 28th September, the candidate said in his application.

In his application, the candidate said, ‘The sudden change in the stand of the Consortium of National Law Universities has deprived the applicant of his fundamental right under Article 14 of the Constitution of India to be treated as an equal and be given an opportunity to appear in the examination on September 28, 2020, which otherwise he was well entitled to like any other student.’

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