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State to consider Marathi as official language in HC

Marathi language minister Vinod Tawde announces decision in state assembly

mumbai Updated: Mar 12, 2016 01:10 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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The state government is considering making Marathi as the official language of the Bombay high court in accordance with the article 348(2) of the Constitution of the India.

The government had directed the lower courts to make Marathi as the official language a few years ago.

Marathi language minister Vinod Tawde, in a written reply in the state assembly, announced the decision.

Former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, leader of opposition in the legislative assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and MLAs Yogesh Sagar and Amin Patel had raised the question.

The committee on language consultancy had in September last year passed a resolution seeking Marathi as the official language of the high court.

Marathi is the official language for civil and criminal courts according to the notification issued in July 1998.

Tawde informed that measures were being taken to ensure Marathi was used in the lower courts.

“The state government has asked the lower courts through the high court to use Marathi in its official business, and the government is taking review after every four months. In addition, workshops on Marathi are being held and a monthly magazine is being published about the judicial decisions taken,” the reply stated.

First Published: Mar 12, 2016 01:10 IST