President petitioned for introduction of Marathi in courts

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Thane, Nov 1 (UNI) A delegation, comprising members of the Maharashtra and Goa Bar Council and Marathi Bhasha Saurakshan Vikas Sansthan, propose to meet President Pratibha Patil over their demand to introduce Marathi as the language to be used in courts, including the High Court, in Maharashtra.

Founder president of the Sansthan Shantaram Datar told UNI his organisation and others have been pressing for the demand for several years but to no avail.

Mr Datar expressed hope since the President hails from Maharashtra, she would consider the demand sympathetically. The organisation had submitted a memorandum to the President in this regard in August this year and, now, proposes to meet her personally.

Mr Datar said a memorandum had also been submitted to Maharashtra Governor S M Krishna.

Most litigants in the state do not understand English language and, hence, are unable to follow the court proceedings, Mr Datar said. There is, therefore, the need to introduce Marathi in the courts and translators could be employed to translate the orders in English for petitions before the Apex court.

He said in states like Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan, the local languages are used in the courts.

UNI

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