Not opposed to use of Tamil in High Court: Madras HC
The First Bench of the Madras High Court today said it was not opposed to use of Tamil in the court but made it clear that it could not issue a circular in this regard.
Chennai: The First Bench of the Madras High
Court today said it was not opposed to use of Tamil in the
court but made it clear that it could not issue a circular in
"When the First Bench says it is not opposed to Tamil
what more do you need? There is a Constitutional limitation on
us. We can`t issue a circular", the Bench, comprising Chief
Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice D Murugasen, said.
The Judges were hearing a plea for the release of
advocates arrested for resorting to fast in the premises of
Madras High Court and its Madurai bench demanding that Tamil
be made the official language of the High Court.
Three advocates were taken into custody for observing
fast here today, taking the number of those arrested in
Chennai and Madurai to 19.
Pleading for release of the advocates, senior lawyer NGR
Prasad said if they were released it would go a long way in
defusing the situation.
Stating that it was an issue relating to their lives, he
claimed that three of them were in "serious" condition.
"My humble request is if they are released it will be
reciprocated", he told the court.
Intervening, the Chief Justice said the bench was only
concerned at the maintenance of discipline in the High Court
"It is your property. Judges will come and judges will
go but you have to protect the property", he said.
Arguing on behalf of arrested lawyers, advocate
Sankarasubu pointed out that those arrested were taken to the
jail and jail hospital. Normally when anyone undertakes a
hunger strike they are taken to a government hospital.
Justice Murugasen told the advocate to file an affidavit
stating that if they (advocates) were released they would not
repeat such an action.
Stating that the bail issue was being heard in an
extraordinary manner, the judge pointed out that there could
be legal implications.
"Unless there is an application... an order of bail
cannot be passed", he said and asked "what was the difficulty?
Instead of arguing why not file an application?"
The Chief Justice also advised the lawyers to ask the
arrested advocates to file an application.
The advocates were arrested after the court declared
the protest illegal last week.