CJI gave negative opinion on use of Hindi in courts: Govt

According to Rijiju, the Constitution has a provision for the use of other regional languages and Hindi, and that the Centre wants the use of these languages to be promoted and expanded.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 11, 2016 2:04 am
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The Chief Justice of India has given a negative opinion on the use of Hindi in the higher judiciary, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju informed Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

According to Rijiju, the Constitution has a provision for the use of other regional languages and Hindi, and that the Centre wants the use of these languages to be promoted and expanded.

“There is a decision of the Cabinet in 1965 which said that before taking a decision on how to use Hindi in courts, High Courts and Supreme Courts, opinion of the Chief Justice of India should be taken. The government has taken his (CJI) opinion and his opinion was negative and the matter did not move forward. The matter stands there,” the minister said during Question Hour.

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Hindi, along with English, was being used extensively in courts in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar, Rijiju said. “There is a proposal to use it in other states too. With the consent of the Governor and the President, such a step can be taken,” he said.
In response to a supplementary question that Hindi was not used in Patna High Court, Rijiju said that if that was the case, it was a serious matter and the MPs of the state should take up the issue with the Governor and Chief Minister.

Rijiju added that the Department of Official Languages receives complaints of replies being given in English to communications received in Hindi by central government organisations.


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  1. S
    Sheik mohamed
    May 10, 2016 at 12:52 pm
    Why using of other regional languages in the court should not be considered? Why Mr.Rijju should not make any efforts in this matter?
  2. J
    May 10, 2016 at 2:11 pm
    As a person who speaks 6 Indian languages fairly well and 4 of them read, write and speak, I can say every language is very fascinating and showcases regional culture nuances. It could be Hindi from a pure Uttar Pradesh person speaking, Tamil from a proper diction trained speaker, Malayalam with its sweet melodious endings, Telugu which is the back bone of Carnatic music and every South Indian’s love for Thyagaraja’s kritis and excellent Sanskrit translations in Kannada of Mahabharata, as early as 6th century. Now, I am not well versed with Marathi but even the Mumbai slang and rhetorical sound bytes are very fascinating and humorous. Bengali and Oriya have excellent cultural moorings but I am not an expert. EVERY LANGUAGE IS SPECIAL AND HAS ITS ESTEEMED POSITION IN THE HEARTS OF PEOPLE….. LEADERS FROM HINDI BELT SHOULD LEARN FROM THE FAILED EXPERIMENT OF EUROPEAN UNION WHERE THEY CREATED A SPECIAL EURO LANGUAGE ABOUT 20 YEARS BACK WITH PARTS FROM ALL EURO LANGUAGES, IT FAILED BECAUSE PEOPLE JUST DID NOT EMBRACE IT…..As inclusive as I am if Hindi belt politicians force Greater South India, they should be told to be more focused on contributing in terms of more taxes and GDP. 7 states of the Greater South India with 30% potion contribute more than 51% of the India GDP. Let Hindi states show their PRIDE in being more PRODUCTIVE and atleast being equal contributors to the National GDP and then we will think of their other demands.
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    ak dev
    May 10, 2016 at 5:10 pm
    English has completely enslaved Indians. Indian languages can regain their lost glory only by revolting against English.
  4. A
    May 10, 2016 at 1:33 pm
    The headline is designed to spite all the non-Hindi speakers. The pith in fact is that Govt wants to encourage all regional languages including Hindi which is as per consution(this part is hidden is not reflected in the headline). The IE wants to drive a wedge between Hindi and non-Hindi speakers by giving out such headlines and turn it into a weapon against the government. Divide and rule is the name of the journalism game today.
  5. D
    May 10, 2016 at 12:28 pm
    Language is a mode of communication. We can not have 30 languages [main and derivatives].
  6. M
    Mohammed imtiaz
    May 10, 2016 at 12:52 pm
    The official language should be English only as that will save lot of distortions usually accompanied with local language interpretations.Moreover judgements of the local courts challenged in higher courts can be take up in its eny
  7. P
    May 10, 2016 at 3:03 pm
    For a compeive examination either English should be the only language or Government should accept exam papers written in all languages, otherwise there will be discrimination for people who mother language is not Hindi. Hopefully SC will consider this in case of Medical Examinations throughout India. Please take it before the SC.
  8. s
    May 10, 2016 at 12:38 pm
    First use them in lower courts. Not all cases go to higher courts. It is wrong for common man not to be a part of his own court case because of s/he does not know english. Even in lower court the witness/cross are recorded in english. I have personal experience of seeing incomplete/wrong translation of what the witness says. The witness talking in bangla and the judge translating it in english and one clerk typing it. In that process lost of things said get lost or distorted which in the end affects real justice. Court should not only use local languages but start recording audio/video of the w processes.
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