TN challenges quashing of GO on medium

NEW DELHI, JULY 12. The Tamil Nadu Government has filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court, challenging the Madras High Court judgment quashing its order making Tamil or mother tongue the compulsory medium in all schools upto standard V.

A three-Judge Bench of the High Court on April 20 held that the G.O., dated November 1999, was ``irrational'', vague, arbitrary and was in violation of the constitutional right to equality.

The Bench held that the right to education was fundamental and it included the right to choose the medium of instruction, which could be exercised by parents.

The SLP contended that the Government had issued the G.O on the basis of the recommendations of a high-power committee headed by Mr. Justice S. Mohan, a former Supreme Court judge.

All the factors and the objections raised were taken into consideration.