August 20, 2021 11:35:16 am
Citing the Official Languages Act, the Madras High Court has directed the Centre to give reply in English if the representation is made in the said language, saying it was the “duty” of the union government to do so.
Justices N Kirubakaran and M Duraisamy, responding to a PIL filed by Madurai CPI-M MP Su Venkatesan said that according to the Constitution, every person was entitled to give representation in any language used in the Union or the state.
The Official Languages Act also says the same, they said on Thursday.
“It is the duty of the union government to reply in English if representation was given in that language,” the bench said.
தமிழக எம்.பிக்களின் கடிதங்களுக்கு இந்தியில் ஒன்றிய அமைச்சர்கள் பதில் அளிக்கிற சட்ட விரோதமான நடைமுறை நிறுத்தப்பட வேண்டுமென்று சென்னை உயர்நீதி மன்றத்தின் மதுரைக் கிளையில் நான் தொடுத்த வழக்கில் இன்று தீர்ப்பு. #HighCourt #Tamil #UnionGovt
— Su Venkatesan MP (@SuVe4Madurai) August 19, 2021
In his plea, the MP had sought a direction to the Centre that it should use only English language in all communication between Central and state governments. He had earlier received reply in Hindi from the Union Home Ministry in response to a query regarding setting up examination centres for CRPF recruitment in Tamil Nadu.
In a tweet, Venkatesan said the court had directed that if elected representatives write to the Centre in English, the reply should be given only in the same language.
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