STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Judge accepts appeal from Bar association, allows lawyer to argue case in Tamil

Published: 20th July 2013 09:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th July 2013 09:08 AM   |  A+A-

Madras-High-Court

After a week-long deadlock over allowing a lawyer to present his argument in Tamil in the court, Justice S Manikumar of the Madurai Bench of High Court granted permission on Friday.

Manikumar had dismissed the petition of counsel G Bhagvath Singh on 11th July citing a precedent laid by the Supreme Court. Bhagvath Singh had appeared for Ayesha Babu, a daily wage earner from Kovilpatti in Thoothukudi district, seeking  the court’s intervention to rescue her husband Bakeer Maideen, stranded in Mecca for the last 21 months.

The lawyer had made a request to argue in Tamil. However, the judge directed the counsel to present arguments in English, the only accepted language of communication in higher courts as per Article 348 of the Indian Constitution.

Many advocate associations in the Madurai Bench made a representation to Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Kumar Agrawal. They also made representation to the Justice Manikumar to allow Tamil to be used.

On Friday when the case was recalled for hearing, the Madurai Bar Association secretary, Advocate A K Ramasamy told the judge that they would like to argue the case in Tamil. Justice Manikumar immediately granted permission for the case to be argued in Tamil in his court hall.

Counsel Bhagvath Singh then told the judge that as the case was already dismissed, he would file an appeal in the division bench.

“Since the earlier order has not been reversed we will be file an appeal against it,” the counsel told reporters.

A group of advocates waiting outside the court hall welcomed the decision of the judge. 

Thirunavukarasu, president of Madurai Bench High Court Advocates Association (MBHAA) said, “Justice Manikumar’s decision will set an example for other judges to allow arguments in Tamil.”



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp