Allow Marathi as medium for judicial exams: HC

In a boost to the candidates with Marathi-medium schooling, the Bombay High Court has recommended that candidates appearing for examination for judge`s post be allowed to write their papers in Marathi.

Updated: May 13, 2010, 18:09 PM IST

Mumbai: In a boost to the candidates with
Marathi-medium schooling, the Bombay High Court has
recommended that candidates appearing for examination for
judge`s post be allowed to write their papers in Marathi.

Himachal Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, and West Bengal
allow a similar facility, High Court noted.

Several petitions were filed in the High Court seeking
the facility to write answers in Marathi for the examinations
for Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) and Civil Judge
Lower Division (CJLD), conducted by Maharashtra Public Service
Commission.

Petitioners Prashant Giri and others had challenged the
examination conducted in 2009 on various grounds. One of the
grievances was that though Marathi is now the language of the
lower courts, candidates were not allowed to write answer
sheets in Marathi.

This affected the prospects of candidates from rural
areas, they said.

High Court dismissed the petitions, but said in its
judgement last week that there was "considerable merit" in
this argument.

"Since the policy of the State Government has now been
implemented by directing Marathi to be a language of the lower
Courts, it would be in the fitness of things if the candidates
are given the facility of taking the examination of CJLD and
JMFC in Marathi," said division bench of Justices A M
Khanwilkar and R M Savant.

PTI