'Abolish dominance of English language in higher courts'
New Delhi: Social activist Swami Agnivesh today appealed to the President and the Prime Minister to abolish the practice of compulsory usage of English language in the higher courts.
He said only three per cent of population in India speak English and the government should make higher judiciary available in other regional language for the majority of the population.
"We recently celebrated 64th Republic Day and having English as a language in high courts and apex court's proceedings, is a matter of shame," Agnivesh said.
The activist sought amendment to Article 348 of the Constitution which states that all proceedings in the Supreme Court and in every High Court shall be in English language.