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K’taka Govt to Challenge SC Order on Medium of Instruction

The Karnataka Government would file a review petition before the Supreme Court challenging its order on the medium of  instruction.

Published: 21st May 2014 07:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st May 2014 07:53 AM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE: The Karnataka Government would file a review petition before the Supreme Court challenging its order on the medium of  instruction.

Recently, the court had quashed the government order imposing Kannada as compulsory medium of instruction in primary schools in the state.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Law Minister T B Jayachandra held discussions with legal experts, including former Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde and Advocate General Raviverma Kumar, in this regard on Tuesday.

“We will file a review petition in the Supreme Court before June 5 and I will also reach out to other states to enlist their support over the issue. A curative petition will be filed if the review petition is rejected,” Siddaramaiah told reporters after the meeting.

The Chief Minister also ruled out the possibility of bringing an amendment to the RTI Act to promote state languages as compulsory medium of instruction for primary education.

However, Siddaramaiah said Constitutional amendment is the only option to nullify the Supreme Court order. Efforts would be made in the coming days to evolve a consensus on this among various states.

Other states could also implead against the Supreme Court order over the issue. The reorganisation of states was done on linguistic basis and the respective state language should get prominence in education.

The SC order is a death warrant for regional languages of the country, said a legal expert who participated in the meeting.

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