J&K HC promulgates Notice On Plea For announcing Hindi As The Official Language Of The UT

The High Court of Jammu and Kashmir has delivered notice to the UT Administration on a PIL asking to acknowledge Hindi as an official language in the UT of J&K. The division bench composed by Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjay Dhar has asked the UT Administration to prove evidences as to why the petition should be not be conceded and has established it for hearing on October 7, 2020. The petition has been lodged by social activist Maghav Kohli, broadcasting the “hardships” being confronted by the local population due to the usage of Urdu in all government documents, which is neither the mother tongue nor a generally used language in the UT .

He has debated that in spite of impersonation of the J&K Reorganization Act, 2019, the UT administration continues to record all documents connecting to Revenue, Police, Subordinate Judiciary in Urdu.
It is admissible to note that Section 47 of the Act designated that the Legislative Assembly may by law embrace any one or more of the languages in use in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir or Hindi as the official language or languages to be used for all or any of the official activities of the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. It is pointed out that under the prevalent regime, all government documents and judicial records have to be translated in Hindi or English, causing massive financial expenses and delaying routine work by over burdening the official staff.

He has therefore desired a direction upon the UT Administration to enforce Section 47 of the J&K Reorganization Act 2019 and announce Hindi as an official language in the UT of J&K or to endorse anyone or more of the languages in usage in the UT of J&K.

(By-Adarsh Khuntia)

SC issues notice to J&K govt. in Plea challenging “unlawful detention” of Congress leader Saifuddin Soz

The supreme court today issued notice to government of Jammu & Kashmir in a habeas corpus petition challenging the “unlawful” detention of former congress leader Saifuddin Soz after the abrogation of Article 370 (Mumtazunnisa Soz v. Union of India & Anr).

The notice is issued by the bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Indira Baneerjee.

On May 29, Mumtazunnisa Soz, wife Saifuddin Soz, was put under house arrest since August 2019 despite never being informed of detention. 

The plea, argued by Abhishek Manu Singhvi reads, “His detention is wholly contrary and perverse to the constitutional safeguards laid down under Article 21 and 22 as well as the law on preventive detention.” 

The primary ground of challenge is violation of Article 22(5) of the Constitution of India, which provides that whenever an order is made for preventive detention, the authority shall immediately inform the detenue of the reasons for such order. 

The plea also averred that Soz “has no criminal antecedents and past”, thus making it clear that there were no cogent reasons for his detention. 

(By – jyoti)