Staff Reporter

MADURAI: A public interest litigation petition has been filed before the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court seeking a direction to the Central and State Governments to introduce Tamil as the official language of the High Court.

A Division Bench, comprising judges Prafulla Kumar Misra and P.R. Shivakumar, on Friday directed the Central and State Government counsels to take notice and adjourned the matter to October 12.

The petitioner, Commonwealth Advocates’ Association of India, said that the Legislative Assembly passed a resolution recently to introduce Tamil as the official court language. It was announced that the resolution was sent for the approval to the President.

The petitioner’s association claimed that it wrote to the President on May 29, 2007, seeking to expedite the process of declaring Tamil as the official language of the High Court. In reply, the Joint Secretary to the President, through his letter dated June 18, 2007, informed that no such file was pending before the President’s Secretariat.

Thereafter, the petitioner association forwarded a communication to the Chief Minister’s Special Cell on June 25, 2007. To this, the Deputy Secretary, Home Department, on August 17, replied that the request for declaring Tamil as the official language of the High Court was under correspondence with the Central Government.

Claiming that neither the reply from the President’s Secretariat nor the one from the State Government gave a clear picture on the status of introducing the language in the courts, the association sought an interim direction to both the Centre as well as the State to present a white paper on the issue.