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`Use Kannada extensively in courts'

By Our Staff Correspondent

MADIKERI, MARCH 5. Kannada must be accorded the pride of place and extensively used to transact business and deliver judgments in courts, the District and Sessions Judge, K.B. Lenkannavar, has said.

Speaking after inaugurating a workshop on the use of Kannada in courts organised by the Kannada Development Authority, the Department of Kannada and Culture, the Legal Services Authority and the Zilla Sahitya Parishat here on Friday, he said courts have decided to use Kannada extensively.

Mr. Lenkannavar called upon people to stop aping the western culture as it is detrimental to one's own culture.

Transacting business and delivering judgments in Kannada will help people.

Encouraging Kannada is respecting our rich culture, he added.

The president of the Zilla Sahitya Parishat, T.P. Ramesh, lamented that though 31 years have passed after the Government ordered that Kannada be used in courts in the State, the direction is yet to be put into practise.

He noted that since most of the books relating to legal issues are in English, competent authorities must make efforts to translate them into Kannada. It is not right to blame the courts for not implementing Kannada all these years.

Srikant Vatavate, civil judge (senior division) and member-secretary of the Legal Services Authority district unit, drew the attention of the audience to the different forms of Kannada prevailing in different regions of the State.

He advocated the idea of using the local dialects to popularise Kannada. In Kodagu, Kodava language can be used for a beginning, Mr. Vatavate said. Witnesses deposing in Kannada and advocates using Kannada can come in handy for the judges to pronounce their judgments in Kannada.

The president of the Madikeri Bar Association, B.J. Chinnappa, cited examples of Kannada judgments delivered in Kodagu in the past, noting that if someone revived the trend, it will not be a difficult proposition for others to follow.

K.B. Vasudeva of Vidyavardhaka Law College, Mysore, delivered a lecture on teaching law in Kannada. Advocate K.P. Balasubramanya gave a talk on the use of Kannada in law.

The Superintendent of Police, Devajyoti Ray, was present.

The Assistant Director of the Department of Kannada and Culture, Damodar, welcomed.

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