SC sends notice to Maharashtra government for clarification on MH CET Law

In a holdover news; Based upon a petition filed by Kedar Warad, law student, challenging the July 5 judgment of Bombay High Court, a bench consisting of Justices Madan B Lokur and R K Agrawal issued notice to BJP government of Maharashtra seeking clarification on the proposed Common entrance test for law colleges in the state.

Earlier the petition seeking the scrapping of the test was dismissed by the High Court which stated that, “manner in which the state government had conducted the exams, left much to be desired but this did not mean the entire process leading up to the exam was illegal.”

The High Court further added that “The court would have been happier had the state notified the students about the exam pattern, syllabus etc. well in advance and thus granted them more time to prepare. But merely because the exam was not conducted in a manner suggested by the petitioner, we can’t declare the common entrance test and the entire process around it illegal, invalid, or unconstitutional.”

The test called MH CET Law, shrouded in controversy so far, was introduced by the Devendra Fadnavis government under the Maharashtra University Act 1994 and made applicable to both state run institutes as well as private colleges through an executive order.

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The apex court of the country had added in it’s judgment seeking clarification that “state was well within its powers to conduct a common entrance test for admissions to all law colleges, whether private, aided or unaided.”

The new entrance test, which is first of its kind for the state and engulfs under its swathe both 3 and 5 year LLB courses, has left penumbra of students in lurch after the postponement of the exam. The exam which, according to the government, seeks to accord a much sought professional status to law courses along the lines of engineering and medical education was announced by the government in June last year.

One of the ways in which CET differs from CLAT is that there will be no negative marking under the new test. Almost 21 colleges, including Government Law College, Mumbai and ILS, Pune, are expected to use the CET scores for admission in their respective courses.

According to GLC website, the pattern of the new test was based upon the pattern of CLAT. The exam which was conducted on June 18 and 19 has already attracted controversies relating to lack of clarification on procedural requirements and the admission is expected to take place between September 9 and 12.

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