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Kerala HC rejects Plea to Postpone 2024 AIBE and AILET

On Friday, the Kerala High Court declined to issue an order for postponing the 18th All India Bar Examination, 2024 (AIBE), or the All India Law Entrance Test, 2024 (AILET).

Justice T.R. Ravi noted that it wouldn't be feasible to instruct authorities to postpone the examination based on the request of a single candidate aiming to appear for both exams.

''The Court cannot direct the examinations to be postponed at the instance of one of the candidates who wishes to take the examinations''

In response to a plea filed by a student, the Court issued the order. The petitioner had approached the High Court seeking a rescheduling of either the AIBE or AILET, both slated for December 10, 2023. The AIBE, administered by the Bar Council of India, enables candidates to register as practicing advocates, while the AILET is the entrance exam conducted by NLU, Delhi.

The petitioner student approached the Court due to the simultaneous scheduling of both the 18th AIBE, 2024, and AILET, 2024, on the same day. Counsel representing the Bar Council of India and the National Law University, Delhi, informed the Court that all necessary arrangements had been put in place for conducting their respective examinations on December 10 and couldn't be rescheduled.

The Court was informed that the 18th AIBE, 2024, is planned to take place from 10 AM to 1 PM, while the AILET is scheduled from 11 AM to 1 PM on the same day. The Court held that the postponement of examinations couldn't be accommodated based solely on the request of one candidate.

The Bar Council of India's counsel suggested to the Court that the candidate could opt to take the AIBE in the following year, with the fees already paid adjusted for the subsequent attempt. As a result, the Court concluded and closed the writ petition.

Counsel for the petitioner comprised Advocates P.M. Mohammed Shiraz and Aakhil Mohammed P.M. On the other side, representing the respondents were Advocates Nisha John and Divya Ravindran.

Case title: Athul Sundar v Bar Council of India

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