Tamil parties have urged the CJI to add Tamil to list of regional languages in which the judgment copies of Supreme Court will be available citing that it'll be useful for the litigants and it will be a honor for the oldest classical language.
The Hindi vs Tamil language debate is always been a controversial topic whenever the issue arises. It has increased in the recent past after two things in which the DMK & other Tamil parties intervened and fought against the language policy of the government.
DMK & other parties raised the issue when the HRD department introduced a new three language policy, making Hindi as a compulsory 3rd language after which the policy was changed following the opposition from Tamil parties which was also opposed by the AIADMK government.
While this is the case, the Supreme Court has commenced working with its registry to make Judgments available in regional languages from this year for the benefit of litigants. As per reports, Hindi, Assamese, Marathi, Kannada,Telugu and Odia are the 5 languages in which the judgment copies are going to be translated and will be uploaded which is expected to begin very soon.
Though all the leaders of the Tamil parties welcomed the move of SC to upload the translated copies of the judgments, they are disappointed since the Tamil language is missing from the list. DMK president MK Stalin has released a statement expressing his disappointment over the decision of CJI for not adding Tamil to this list being a classical language.
Stalin's statement says that, "It's been learnt that the Chief Justice of India has expressed his willingness to translate & upload the Supreme Court's orders in 5 regional languages, We whole heartedly welcome this decision."
"We consider this as an important milestone in the history of Indian judicial system as it will help the litigants to understand the order and follow their case without any confusion."
"Now, apart from English, the order copies will be available in 5 regional languages including Kannada and Telugu. At the same time, it is seriously disappointing to know that Tamil is not need added to the list of regional languages."
"As per the 8th schedule, the classical language Tamil is considered as one of the official languages for years now & hence there could be no second thought if the order copies are translated into Tamil which will immensely benefit the people of Tamil Nadu."
"DMK also urges the CJI to consider adding Tamil also in the regional language list along with other languages"
PMK party founder leader Dr. Ramadoss and General secretary of AMMK party TTV Dinakaran with their tweets have also requested the CJI to consider adding Tamil to the list of regional languages which is been proposed by the SC in which the judgment copies will be available.
VCK party Lok Sabha MP Ravikumar has also taken up the issue to the Parliament by giving an attention seeking motion on the same issue.
However, its claimed by the Supreme Court sources that this is just an initial list which is been announced based on the volume of appeals coming in from the High Courts of the states where these languages are spoken & other languages will be added in due course.