[lg policy] Karnataka set to file review petition in Supreme Court of India

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 21 14:58:01 UTC 2014


Language policy: Karnataka set to file review petition in SC

         [image: (From left) Advocate-General Ravivarma Kumar, Law Minister
T.B. Jayachandra, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and the former Lokayukta N.
Santosh Hegde during a meeting on the language policy in Bangalore on
Tuesday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy]
 The Hindu (From left) Advocate-General Ravivarma Kumar, Law Minister T.B.
Jayachandra, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and the former Lokayukta N.
Santosh Hegde during a meeting on the language policy in Bangalore on
Tuesday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
 TOPICS
 India <http://www.thehindu.com/topics/?categoryId=81>
Karnataka<http://www.thehindu.com/topics/?categoryId=144>


  The State government on Tuesday decided to file a review petition against
the Supreme Court’s recent verdict on the medium of instruction in primary
schools.

The Supreme Court, on May 6, quashed the Karnataka government’s 1994
language policy making mother tongue or Kannada the compulsory medium of
instruction in primary schools.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who chaired a meeting of legal experts and
officials on Tuesday, said the review petition would be filed by June 5 as
it had to be done within a month after the verdict.

He told presspersons after the meeting that the State had only two legal
options. If the review petition was not considered, the government would
file a curative petition, he said.

Mr. Siddaramaiah said he would also write to all Chief Ministers in the
country seeking their support to ensure that mother tongue was made the
medium of instruction in the country.

“Besides the review and curative petitions, the only other option is an
amendment to the Constitution, making mother tongue the compulsory medium
of instruction. We will appeal to the Centre for the Constitutional
amendment,” he said.

Other members who attended the meeting said the government was not keen on
amending the Right to Education Act and enacting a separate legislation
making Kannada the compulsory medium of instruction in primary schools. The
plan was dropped as legal experts had raised doubts that such an amendment
may not stand the legal scrutiny, if challenged in the apex court, one of
the members said.

Law Minister T.B. Jayachandra said the government had not yet decided
whether or not to change the members of the legal team that was
representing Karnataka in the Supreme Court. Apart from Mr. Jayachandra,
the former Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde, Minister for State for Primary and
Secondary Education Kimmane Ratnakar, Minister of State for Kannada and
Culture Umashree and Advocate-General Ravivarma Kumar attended the meeting.

Keywords: Kannada<http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/language-policy-karnataka-set-to-file-review-petition-in-sc/article6030305.ece#>
, primary language in
schools<http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/language-policy-karnataka-set-to-file-review-petition-in-sc/article6030305.ece#>
, Kannada as primary
language<http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/language-policy-karnataka-set-to-file-review-petition-in-sc/article6030305.ece#>
, SC language policy<http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/language-policy-karnataka-set-to-file-review-petition-in-sc/article6030305.ece#>

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/language-policy-karnataka-set-to-file-review-petition-in-sc/article6030305.ece




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