Conduct CLAT in local language: Delhi HC directs BCI to consider a petition as representative"

Sejal Makkad

Aug, 07, 2020

On June 20 2020, a petition was filed in the High Court of Delhi by the petitioners who are two students namely Pratham Kaushik and Nita Raai. They along with some unregistered forum of parents filed the writ petition stating about the conduction of CLAT in local language. The main argument is about conducting CLAT in local languages and not only English.

On June 20 2020, a petition was filed in the High Court of Delhi by the petitioners who are two students namely Pratham Kaushik and Nita Raai. They along with some unregistered forum of parents filed the writ petition stating about the conduction of CLAT in local language. The main argument is about conducting CLAT in local languages and not only English.
The petitioners supported their petition by stating various points. The students stated that other important competitive exams such as NEET and IIT JEE also includes the other Vernacular languages. They also stated that it is important for India to conduct exam in other languages because when the exam is conducted in English the students from English medium only get a chance to appear in those exams. It was also stated Article 343 of Indian Constitution clearly states that the national language of India is Hindi and giving primary importance to English over this language is not justified. Other main argument was that the districts Courts in India also function in Vernacular languages such as the language of the state or Hindi. The argument was also that many rights of the students are being hampered in relation to education.

The Article 343 of Indian Constitution states that the Hindi which is written in the Devanagari Script should be considered as the official language of the Union. The non- conduction of entrance exams for law exams is against this article. This exam keeps much importance and must be given primary importance.

The petitioners also argued on the point that the main objective of conducting Clad exam is to “provide highest standards of Legal education” and also to provide the knowledge of law and legal process to the student. This exam is conducted in order to admit students in the National Law universities of the country and it is not fair to conduct the exam only in one language because it is not possible for each and every citizen to know that language. The students who are capable of giving the exam are not able to because of the language of the exam. This issue must be considered and action must be taken in order to provide impartial education system.
The court after considering the petition observed that the Bar Council of India as being the institution for setting the standard for legal education in the country and conducting exams of Law schools in India should take the required actions. The court directed the Bar Council of India to treat this petition as the petitioners Representation on which the court has directed the bar council of India to take the decision on the same within 3 weeks because the last date of registration for the exam is 30th June. The court has ordered that the decision must be taken prior to that so that the students can register for the exams on the basis of the decision. The changes must be made considering all the facts presented by the petitioners and it must be applicable in future too.