The Madras High Court bench here has ordered the provisional inclusion of the Tamil Nadu National Law School in Srirangam for this year’s Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) for filling up seats in 14 National Law Universities.
A bench comprising Justices V Ramasubramanian and V M Velumani said, “Since the CLAT Committee is not a statutory body, but only a voluntary association of universities, an interim order is passed to provisionally include the Tamil Nadu National Law School for CLAT 2014.” The test will be held on May 11.
An advocate from Srirangam, R Rajkumar, had in his petition submitted that the TN National Law School had submitted a proposal to become part of the CLAT for admitting students.
But the CLAT convener submitted that a decision on including the institution would be taken by the core committee after an inspection. The inspection was not undertaken. Hence he prayed the court to direct the CLAT authorities to including the TN institution as well.
In their order, the Judges pointed out that a sub-committee was constituted and it met on January 21 and framed criteria and guideline for admission of new members. However, the committee had not inspected the Law School.
Therefore, pending the outcome of the writ petition, the judges by an interim order directed the authorities concerned to provisionally include the Tamil Nadu National Law School under the CLAT.