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Rajya Sabha MPs from State want Tamil as court language

Sandeep Joshi

NEW DELHI: Rajya Sabha Members from Tamil Nadu on Wednesday demanded that Tamil be made official language of courts, including the High Court, in the State.

Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, D. Raja (CPI) said that “Tamil should be declared as a language of courts, and it should be accepted in the High Court. The Tamil Nadu government has sent this proposal…all political parties have raised this issue. The issue is pending before the Union Home Ministry...the Centre should make efforts to get the Presidential notification so that Tamil can be used as a court language.” Supporting him, Paul Manoj Pandian (AIADMK) said majority of lawyers in the State were not well versed in English and were deprived of the opportunity to practise in courts in their mother tongue.

“A majority of law students write their examinations in English, and Tamil. A majority of law graduates who are relegated to the lower courts are not able to practice for want of proficiency in English. Therefore, the legal acumen of a majority of lawyers is going waste for the only reason of not knowing English,” he pointed out.

Tiruchi Siva (DMK) said the proposal was sent to the Home Ministry by the State and it was backed by Madras High Court.

He said similar facility had been allowed in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh while the request in this regard from West Bengal was also turned down.

“The Committee of Parliament on Official Language has also recommended that the official language of the State concerned or Hindi shall be used in judgments, decrees and orders. In spite of all these things, the Ministry of Law and Justice has returned the proposal for observation and information,” he added.

M. Venkaiah Naidu (BJP) urged the Centre to take initiative to see that the mother tongues of different States be allowed as court language in respective States so that people could understand what they were hearing through advocates.

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