CHENNAIi: The Madras High Court on Wednesday allowed the Karnataka government to implead itself as a party in the public interest writ petition challenging the proposal of the Union government to grant classical language status to Kannada. The first bench of Chief Justice SK Kaul and Justice M Sathyanarayanan granted the permission while allowing a petition from the Karnataka government. The bench also issued notices to the chief secretaries of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States, returnable by February 18. Originally, senior advocate R Gandhi filed three PILs, challenging the move of the Union government to accord classical languages status to Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam.
He had submitted that through notifications issued in 2004 and 2005, the Centre had accorded classical language status to Sanskrit and Tamil. The proposal to grant the same to the three other south Indian languages was opposed to the provisions of the notifications and they do not deserve or qualify for the status, he added. In its present petition, the Karnataka government, through its Advocate-General, submitted that only after getting an opinion from several experts of Kannada literature, the government sent a representation to the Union government urging granting of classical status to Kannada Language.
Any order to be passed on the PILs will have adverse effect on the State. The damage that would cause to the entire Karnataka State will be irreparable, the advocate-general added.