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.