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Karnataka High Court: Centre must publish draft notification in regional languages, or it will be stayed

Lawstreet Journal 25 Jul 2020 5:24pm

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The Central Government stated that it will not publish the draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) notification issued on 23rd March 2020 in the official language of the states. However, a plea was recently filed before the Karnataka HC demanding a stay on the said notification. 

A division bench comprising of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice M Nagaprasana heard the petition filed by a Trust United Conservation Movement said:

“Prima facie we do not agree with the submission that hands of the respondent are tied by virtue of provisions of the Official Languages Act and they cannot ensure publication of the notification in official’s languages of the state.”

During the hearing, Central Government Counsel Shiva Kumar submitted: “Notification is issued by the Ministry is as per official languages act. As per rule, it is published in Hindi and English in the official gazette. There is no provision which mandates our ministry to publish in vernacular languages. As per, Article 343(1) of the Constitution of India, the official language of the union, is Hindi, in Devanagari script. As far as the publication of the notification in official gazette is considered it is only in Hindi and English.”

To this the bench said, “If such hyper technical stand is being taken by the central government during the period of the pandemic, we will say that no further action shall be taken.”

Advocate Prince Isac appearing for the petitioner said the Central Government has taken a complete U-turn from what it said earlier before the court. He added… Continue Reading...


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