[lg policy] Karnataka: State all set to defend language policy in Supreme Court (fwd)

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Date: Fri, 29 May 2009 10:57:06 -0400
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Subject: [lg policy] Karnataka: State all set to defend language policy in
     Supreme Court

State all set to defend language policy in SC

Express News Service First Published : 28 May 2009 04:07:00 AM ISTLast
Updated : 28 May 2009 08:29:21 AM ISTBANGALORE:

The state government is gearing up to defend its language policy in
the Supreme Court. Primary and Secondary Education Minister
Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri, who held a meeting with representatives of
Kannada organisations on the stand to be taken on the language policy,
told reporters on Wednesday that the state was all set to fight its
case in the Supreme Court. “The matter is likely to come up for
hearing before the Apex Court as soon as the vacation is over and we
are prepared to plead our case,” Kageri said.

The state government has filed a special leave petition before the
Supreme Court challenging the High Court’s order quashing the state’s
language policy which makes primary education compulsory in Kannada
medium. In case the state loses its case in the Supreme Court, Kageri
said that the government would take sufficient measures to safeguard
the interests of Kannada language.
Noted writer and Kannada activist Prof Chandrashekhar Patil said that
all Kannada organisations were with the government as far as the
language policy was concerned. Taking exception to Legislative Council
Deputy Chairman Puttanna’s stand on the issue, Patil accused him of
behaving like an agent of private managements, thus lowering the
dignity of the office he held.

“We will petition the Council Chairman against his deputy in this
regard,” Patil added.

High Court dismisses Interlocutory Application

The High Court has dismissed the Interlocutory application filed by
private educational institutions seeking court declarations to allow
the running of new English-medium schools in the state. Justice
Mohanshanthana Gowder has dismissed the IA after the petitioner agreed
to withdraw the same. In the IA the petitioner had stated that though
the High Court has given specific directions to the government to
implement the full bench order on language policy, it did not give the
permission to run English-medium schools.

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