Monday, November 29, 1999

TN Govt for making Tamil official language of Madras HC

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New Delhi, Jun 17 (PTI) Ahead of World Classical Tamil Conference next week, Tamil Nadu today again urged the Centre to make Tamil the official language of the Madras High Court Court. Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has written a letter to Law Minister M Veerapa Moily asking him to pursue the issue. Karunanidhi''s letter comes against the backdrop of lawyers at the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court holding an agitation demanding that Tamil be made the official language of the state High Court. A few years ago, the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly had passed a resolution making Tamil the official language at the High Court. The matter is awaiting Presidential assent. Sources in the Law Ministry pointed out that the matter is under consideration of the Official Languages department of the Union Home Ministry. The resolution of the state Assembly was sent to the Department of Justice in the Law Ministry as it deals with High Courts, the Supreme Court and processes appointments and transfers of judges of higher courts. The Department of Justice had sought opinion from the Legal Affairs department of the Ministry. The Legal Affairs department had opined that under the allocation of work rules, the matter would be dealt with by the Official Languages department. The Joint Committee of Madurai Lawyers'' Associations, demanding implementation of Tamil as the official language of the state High Court, has said it would continue boycott of the court till June 18 and depute a team to hold talks with judges and government officials. On Tuesday, Justices F M Ibrahim Kalifulla, D Murugesan and M Chockalingam of the Madras High court had held talks with agitating Madurai Bar Association functionaries and told them it would take 15 days to consult other judges and consider their request. Six advocates in Madurai are on an indefinite fast from June 9 to press for the demand.

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