A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Ravindra Bhat turned down a plea to stay the NLSIU notification that introduced a 25% horizontal quota for Karnataka-domiciled students seeking admission to BA, LLB (Hons) and LLM programmes offered by the university.
The governing body of the university had contended that it was a part of the university’s “inclusion and expansion plan 2021-24”. Those who have studied at an educational institute of Karnataka for at least 10 years are eligible for admission under the quota.
Subsequent to its decision, NLSIU asked Karnataka students to update their Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2021 application form to avail the benefit of this quota.
The plea for interim stay was made while the apex court was hearing an appeal filed by the Karnataka government challenging the 2020 judgment of the Karnataka high court striking down a law passed by the state assembly to provide 25% reservation for Karnataka-domiciled students. It was contended that the revised admission notification was an attempt to get over the Karnataka high court’s judgment.
But the state government opposed the plea and contended that the high court struck down the amendment act on the reasoning that the legislature had no competence to intro-duce reservation in NLSIU. It said that there was nothing wrong in the present reservation system as the HC judgment also recognised the power of the executive council of the NLSIU to introduce reservation and the present reservation had been introduced by the NLSIU in terms of the powers recognised by the high court.