New Delhi: Recently, the Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi observed that a Judge is entitled to hold his Court and write his judgements in Hindi. However, he must strictly communicate in English while addressing the Supreme Court.
During the hearing of a promotional plea of an Additional District Judge, the applicant submitted his argument before the apex court in Hindi. The CJI was stunned by the mode of communication of the Judge and thereafter, asked him,
"You are a judge and you can't speak in English?"
In response the ADJ mentioned that he could not speak fluent English and that his preferred mode of communication is Hindi.
Thereafter, CJI Ranjan Gogoi stated that although Judges of High Courts and Lower Courts are bestowed with the discretionary power to hold Court proceedings and pen judgements in Hindi. It is imperative that once a Judge appears before the apex Court, his mode of communication in the Court must be English.
It is in accordance with the provisions of Article 348 of the Constitution of India read with Order VIII of the Rules that the official language of the Court is English. Furthermore, the Supreme Court of India Handbook on Practice and Procedure and Office Procedure, 2017, also states that "the language to be used in the Court and all proceedings in the Court, shall be in English".