[lg policy] Karnataka: Govt to move SC on language policy: CM

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 7 14:52:15 UTC 2009

Govt to move SC on language policy: CM

Express News Service First Published : 06 Jul 2009

GULBARGA: The state government will approach the Supreme Court before
July 8 seeking a stay order on the High Court verdict on the language
policy, said Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa here on Sunday. He was
speaking to reporters, before attending the first anniversary
celebrations of the Circuit Bench of the High Court on Sunday. The
High Court, on Friday, had directed the government to comply with the
full bench order on language policy before July 8, 2009. The court
reprimanded the government for not permitting English medium schools
to operate in the state. The court’s deadline left the government with
no option but to allow English medium schools - for classes one to
five - to function in the state.

While condemning the government’s non-compliance, the court indicated
that action would be taken against officials responsible for the
disobedience. On July 2, 2008, the full bench while quashing the
government notification dated April 29, 1994, had observed that the
government could not compel private and unaided schools to impart
primary education to students only in their mother tongue or Kannada.
The bench observed that the right to education and the right to choose
a medium of instruction were fundamental rights, guaranteed by the
Constitution to all children, from the age of six to fourteen.

Meeting today in Bangalore

Yeddyurappa said that he would hold a meeting of the officials of the
education department and the Advocate General in Bangalore on Monday
and will pass necessary instructions to file a petition in the Supreme
Court for getting a stay order. Replying to a question, he denied that
there was a delay on the part of the government in approaching the
apex court.

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