CLAT Exam: No postponement of CLAT exam, Supreme Court dismisses plea seeking postponement of exam

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that the authorities should not insist that students appearing for the Combined Law Entrance Examination (CLAT)-2021 have got the anti-Covid-19 vaccine. The court also made it clear that it cannot postpone the examination at this stage. The Supreme Court directed the concerned authorities to take all steps to protect the health of the examiners in the examination centres. CLAT is a national level entrance exam for admission to National Law Universities (NLUS) in India.

The apex court issued this order on petitions challenging the June 14 notification issued by the group of National Law Universities fixing the date of CLAT-2021 for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. A bench of Justice LN Rao and Justice Aniruddha Bose said, “The examination has been scheduled to be held on July 23, 2021. We do not consider it appropriate to postpone the examination at this stage. However, we find strength in the arguments of the counsel for the petitioners that all safety measures should be strictly followed at the examination centers for the health of the examinees while taking the examination.

In its order, the bench said, “The concerned authorities are directed to take all steps to protect the health of the examiners in the examination centres.” The concerned authorities should not insist that the students appearing in the Joint Law Entrance Examination (CLAT)-2021 should have got the anti-Kovid-19 vaccine.” With this, the court disposed of the petitions.

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