“Recently, the Madras High Court bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition filed by Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from Madurai, Su Venkatesan. He had apparently, made a representation to the Central govt in English but he received a reply in Hindi. Following this, he moved to the Madras High Court. Venkatesan told the Court that he had written back to the Union government, calling for the reply to be sent again in English. However, upon failing to receive any response to this additional communication, he moved the Court. His petition had urged the Court to direct the use of English in all communications between the Central government and the State of Tamil Nadu. Appearing for the Centre, Assistant Solicitor General L Victoria Gowri further submitted that the reply to Venkatesan had been inadvertently written in Hindi. There was no intention on the part of the Central government to violate any provision of the Official Languages Act, 1963 or Rules. Before the High Court, the Central government admitted that there was a mandate to use English in communications between the Centre and States that have not adopted Hindi as their official language.
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