Supreme Court imposed the fine of Rs. 25,000 on bar Council of India after council fails to set up a permanent body to hold the exam of CLAT (Common Law Admission Test).
Strong grounds for complaint
- The council received criticism for not holding the exam properly.
- The institute was questioned on manner in which it conducted the exam as many flaws were noticed.
Proceedings of the court
- Shamnad Basheer filed the plea regarding the working methodology of CLAT. H demanded the setup of an independent body for the purpose of conducting the exam.
- A PIL has been passed a bench of judges comprising Justice T S Thakur and Justices AM Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.
"Additional Solicitor General appearing for the Union of India prays for and is granted four weeks' time for filing counter affidavit. Learned counsel for respondent No 2 (Bar Council of India) has not filed counter affidavit despite last opportunity granted for the purpose" said the court.
Further the court said: "Counsel appearing on behalf of respondent No 2 prays for and is granted four weeks' further time for filing counter affidavit subject to payment of Rs 25,000 to be deposited as costs in the Supreme Court Advocates on Record Welfare Trust."
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