[lg policy] Karnataka: High Court gives State three days to comply with order on language policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jul 4 20:54:42 UTC 2009

High Court gives State three days to comply with order on language policy

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Friday took the State
Government to task for not complying with its order on the language
policy for primary schools and gave an opportunity to the State till
Wednesday to implement it.

A Division Bench, comprising Justice N. Kumar and Justice Sreenivase
Gowda, passed the order on a writ appeal by the Government against a
single judge order directing it to consider applications by
institutions to start schools in English. Several schools, which had
been refused permission to start English-medium schools, had filed
contempt petitions and these were listed along with the writ appeal.
When the matter came up before the Bench, the judges noted that the
Full Bench of the High Court had, on July 2, 2008, said that children
and their parents had the right to choose the medium of instruction in
private unaided minority institutions. It had also said that the State
could not compel children to learn through a particular medium of

The Bench said that though the Full Bench judgment was delivered a
year ago, it had still not been implemented. Is the Government above
the law and can it flout a court order, it asked the government

The Bench adjourned the case till Wednesday.

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