Has­ten slowly

Governance Now - - LEGAL PARLANCE - –Jus­tice MN Venkat­achaliah

“On the mer­its of the is­sue, one must ac­knowl­edge that Hindi as our na­tional lan­guage must as­sert its right­ful place in all ar­eas of our na­tional life and the higher ju­di­ciary should be no ex­cep­tion. The Com­mit­tee of Par­lia­ment on Of­fi­cial Lan­guage has rightly em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of this mat­ter. In the prac­ti­cal im­ple­men­ta­tion of this phi­los­o­phy, there may be some is­sues, aris­ing out of cir­cum­stances that the legacy of the Com­mon Law which we have in­her­ited, the sys­tem of Pub­lic law, the In­ter­na­tional Hu­man Rights regime, the In­ter­na­tional In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty regime and the in­creas­ingly in­te­grat­ing eco­nomic laws and trans-bor­der trans­ac­tions im­pose an in­te­gra­tion with the le­gal sys­tems of other coun­tries and ju­ris­dic­tions. All this may in­flu­ence the pol­icy of lan­guage in the su­pe­rior courts. How­ever we should re­spect the par­lia­men­tary views and a be­gin­ning has to be made through cir­cum­spec­tion re­quires that we should has­ten slowly.”

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