Rijiju: SC has declined states’ plan to use local languages in HCs 

The advice of Chief Justice of India was sought on these proposals and it was intimated that the Full Court of the Supreme Court after due deliberations, decided not to accept the proposals.

Published: 04th February 2023 08:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th February 2023 08:45 AM   |  A+A-

Kiren Rijiju

Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju. (Photo | PTI)

Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Friday told Lok Sabha that a full court of the Supreme Court  has refused the proposal of various states to allow usage of local languages in high courts. The proposals were made by states of TN, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Karnataka. 

Responding to a question by MP Natarajan P R, Rijiju said, “Centre had received proposals from state governments of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Karnataka to permit use of Tamil, Gujarati, Hindi, Bengali and Kannada in the proceedings of the Madras High Court, Gujarat High Court, Chhattisgarh High Court, Calcutta High Court and Karnataka High Court respectively. 

The advice of Chief Justice of India was sought on these proposals and it was intimated that the Full Court of the Supreme Court after due deliberations, decided not to accept the proposals. Based on another request from the government of Tamil Nadu, the government requested the CJI to review the earlier decisions in this regard and convey the consent of the Supreme Court. 

The Chief Justice of India conveyed that the Full Court, after extensive deliberations decided not to approve the proposal and reiterated the earlier decisions of the court. He also told that the “Bharatiya Bhasha Samiti’ chaired by former Chief Justice of India, Hon’ble Mr. Justice S.A. Bobde is developing a Common Core Vocabulary close to all Indian languages for the purpose of translating legal material into regional languages.

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