HC order on law school reservation

HC order on law school reservation

Admit petitioners ward without disturbing others

The petitioner, Lokesh representing his minor daughter Preethi, of Mangalore has moved the High Court, challenging the denial of admission to National Law School of India University (NlSIU) in the City. He has also sought to quash the second provision list of selected candidates of selected Law Universities in Karnataka, Kerala and Gujarat.

The petitioner’s daughter, who  had appeared for Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) and had secured 3,288th rank in merit and in category she had scored 54th rank. While she preferred NLSIU as first preference, National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi and National Law University,(NLU) Gujarat as second and third option. preference.

Hailing from Mundala community, she is categorised as SC as per President’s order of reservation list for the State dated 10, August, 1950. After the results were announced on June 15, 2009, she was allotted seat at NUALS Kerala, but was denied admission stating that she does not belong to SC community in Kerala.
On June 29, 2009, the provisional list allotted her a seat in NLU, despite her request for NLSIU, while students from other states were considered in her category.
Counsel for petitioner contended that an SC candidate migrating from original place to other place is not entitled for the same benefit.

Justice B S Patil allowing the petition partially has said that NLSIU cannot extend the benefits to students of other state by ignoring the President’s order issued in 1950 in relation to Karnataka State.

The institutes have been directed to admit the petitioner’s daughter after considering her eligibility and without disturbing admission of others.