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Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin writes to PM on 3 demands. One is making Tamil official language of HC

By Priyanka Verma 
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Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Justice of India NV Ramana placing three demands including maintaining social diversity and social justice in the appointment of judges and declaration of Tamil as an official language.

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Demands made by MK Stalin:

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.The appointment of judges, setting up of Supreme Court branches and declaration of Tamil as the official language are the demands made by the Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday.

.He requested that to take appropriate steps to establish permanent regional branches of the Supreme Court in New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai, apart from the Constitution Bench in New Delhi, so that the citizens in other parts of this vast country have equal access to the Supreme Court.

.Stalin has also addressed the importance of cooperative federalism and the official language of the High Courts. He pointed out that, four High Courts — Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar –have Hindi as the official language in addition to English. In this regard, MK Stalin informed that Tamil Nadu has taken several initiatives to bring out standard books on Law in Tamil and as a language that is both classical and a vibrant modern language it would be perfectly suitable to be used in the High Court.

.He also demanded to take steps to declare Tamil, the official language of the High Court of Judicature of Madras and its Bench at Madurai, in addition to English.

Stalin’s letter comes days after the prime minister – at an event attended by the chief justice and union law minister Kiren Rijiju – spoke about the need to use local language in courtrooms across the country to ensure the ‘common man’ understood the judicial process.

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“We need to encourage local languages in courts. This will increase the confidence of the common citizens of the country in the justice system, they will feel connected to it,” the prime minister said.

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