NAMITA CHANDRAHAS GUPTA Vs. GUJARAT NATIONAL LAW UNIVERSITY
HIGH COURT OF GUJARAT
Namita Chandrahas Gupta
Gujarat National Law University
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HARSHA DEVANI, J. -
(1.) RULE . Ms. Dharmishta Raval, learned advocate waives service of notice of rule on behalf of the respondent.
(2.) BY this petition under Article 226 of the Constitution of India, the petitioner seeks the following substantive relief: -
"20. Looking to the facts and circumstances of the case, the Petitioner most respectfully prays that; (A) This Hon'ble Court may kingly be pleased to issue a writ of mandamus and/or any other appropriate writ order or direction commanding the Respondent to assess afresh the OMR Answer Sheet of the Petitioner for Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2014 on the basis of Question Booklet Series B provided to the Petitioner in place of Question Booklet Series A mentioned inadvertently by the Petitioner on her OMR Answer Sheet and thereupon, be pleased to direct the Respondent to declare the result of the Petitioner accordingly afresh placing the Petitioner in the order of merit accordingly afresh for the purpose of admission to National Law University for under graduate course in the discipline of law for the academic year 2014 -2015."
It appears that, in all, there are fourteen National Law Universities across the nation including the respondent University. All these National Law Universities are engaged in imparting education in the discipline of law at the level of graduation and post -graduation. Admissions to all these National Law Universities in various courses offered by them are governed by a common entrance test called Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). All these National Law Universities have jointly evolved a practice whereby one of these fourteen Universities, by rotation, acts as an organising University for conducting the Common Law Admission Test. Accordingly, for the year 2014, the respondent came to be appointed as the organising University by rotation for the Common Law Admission Test.
(3.) THE petitioner herein appeared in the 12th standard examination in the Commerce Stream from Maharashtra State Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board and was desirous of pursuing a career in the discipline of law. She, therefore, decided to appear at the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2014 to be conducted by the respondent University. The petitioner with a view to appear in the Common Law Admission Test, 2014 completed the requisite formalities for appearing at the said test and was issued an Admit Card for the said test for the Undergraduate Programme in the discipline of law. She, thereafter, appeared in the Common Law Admission Test which was conducted on 11th May, 2014, the result whereof was declared on 31st May, 2014. However, since there was some error in respect of the same, a notification came be issued withdrawing the results so declared and the final result came to be declared on 6th June, 2014. Upon declaration of the results, it was revealed that the petitioner had scored 14.50 marks out of 200 marks and was placed in the order of merit at Serial No.29011. Since the result of the petitioner was not as per her expectation, keeping in mind her performance at the above test, the petitioner opted for physical verification of her answer -sheet. As per the system evolved by the respondent, it is permissible for a candidate appearing in the test to request for physical verification of his/her answer -sheet. In view of the said practice, the request of the petitioner for physical verification was acceded to and the petitioner was accorded an opportunity of physical verification of her answer -sheet on 8th June, 2014 at Gandhinagar. During the course of physical verification, it was revealed that there was an error in assessing the answer -sheet of the petitioner attributable to a mistake committed by the petitioner in mentioning the Question Booklet Series provided to the petitioner.;
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