Court not right forum to debate: SC dismisses plea to declare Sanskrit as national language
The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) petition seeking a declaration to make Sanskrit the national language of India. The court said that the right forum for considering the issue raised in the plea is the parliament and not the court.
"You draft your prayer in Sanskrit. Why should we issue a notice or declare, for publicity? We may share some of your views, but the right forum to debate on this is Parliament. It needs amendment in the Constitution and is a matter of policy which we can't change," the apex court said, rejecting the plea.
"We refuse to entertain the petition. Dismissed. Counsel at liberty to make appropriate representation before concerned authorities," the court ordered.
The PIL was filed by former additional secretary to the Gujarat government, K.G. Vanzara. The petition was filed in the apex court to notify Sanskrit as the national language while continuing with Hindu as the official language.
"Sanskrit has 'the biological scientific phonetic structure of Sanskrit, which develops the brain, rhythmical pronouncing and memorising capacity in children'," the plea read.
"The move will not disturb the current Constitutional provisions which provide for English and Hindi as official languages of the country," it had said.