A petition has been filed by Maghav Kohli who is a social activist seeking to declare Hindi as an official language of the Union Territory. The petitioner highlighted the problems faced by the local people due to the use of Urdu in all Government documents.
He stated that even after the J&K Reorganization Act, 2019, the administrative authorities still use Urdu to record all kinds of documents. It was observed that Urdu is neither mother tongue nor a commonly used language in J&K but Dogri and Hindi is widely used by the local population.
So the division bench of J&K HC consisting of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjay Dhar set it for hearing on 7th Oct, 2020 asking the authorities to show cause why the petition should not be attended to.
The petitioner sought for a direction on the UT administration to look upon Section 47 of the J&K Reorganization Act, 2019 which has made provision for adoption of one or more languages for official usage or use in the UT. So he asked for the implementation of Section 47 for declaring Hindi as an official language in the UT.
It was also pointed out that it causes a major financial expense and is a burden on the officials to translate all the government documents to Hindi or English.
Case Name: Maghav Kohli v. UT of J&K
Case No.: WP(C) PIL No. 16/2020