CHENNAI: A day after Chief Justice M Y Eqbal said advocates were free to argue their cases in Tamil in the Madras High Court, an counsel did exactly that on Tuesday before the First Bench comprising the Chief Justice and Justice D Murugesan.
Advocate Ramesh made a mention before the Bench in Tamil for an early hearing on his petition challenging the denial of recognition for the degrees offered by an open university. Companion judge Murugesan translated the mention into English immediately as the CJ does not follow Tamil.
However, this was not the first time an advocate was arguing in Tamil. Advocate M Pari represented his case to Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar in Tamil, more than a month ago.
There are 52 judges on the High Court bench. Of them, only two are from other states. They are Chief Justice Eqbal and Justice Elipe Dharma Rao. They generally sit in benches and there should be no problem if lawyers argue in Tamil as the companion judges could help them with translation. Justice Dharma Rao has put in nearly four years of service at the Madras High Court. He may perhaps be able to follow arguments in Tamil to some extent.
Meanwhile, the High Court functioned as usual without any hitch on Tuesday. The agitating advocates have also decided not to precipitate matters as the ball is in the Centre's court.