The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Centre on a plea seeking its direction to the government to amend the Constitution for making Hindi official language for conducting court proceedings in higher judiciary.
Agreeing to hear the PIL, a bench headed by Justice HL Dattu sought response from the Centre for amending Article 348 of the Constitution which says that all proceedings in the Supreme Court and all the high courts shall be done in English.
Petitioner Shiv Sagar Tiwari, a lawyer, submitted that using English as an official language in higher judiciary is a legacy of British rule which should be done away with. He termed the termed the language as "Gulami Bhasha".
"Time has now come that language of the Supreme Court should be 'rashtra bhasha' as defined under Article 343 of the Constitution and it has to be amended," the petition said.