New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday heard the petition filed for declaring Sanskrit as the national language. The court dismissed this petition saying that it is a policy decision, which requires an amendment in the constitution. During the hearing of the PIL, the court also asked the petitioner to recite a line in Sanskrit.
Actually, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court on behalf of retired bureaucrat DG Vanzara. He talked about the promotion of the language through the declaration of Sanskrit as the national language. On this, the bench of Justice MR Shah and Justice Krishna Murari said that 'This policy comes within the purview of the decision. This would also require an amendment to the Constitution. No writ can be issued to Parliament to declare a language as the national language.'
The bench asked the question, 'In how many cities in the country, Sanskrit is spoken?' At the same time, Vanzara says that he wants a discussion on this from the Center and an intervention from the court will be helpful in starting the discussion at the government level. The court asked, 'Do you speak Sanskrit? Can you show a line in Sanskrit or translate the prayer of your writ petition into Sanskrit?' To this, the retired bureaucrat recited a verse and got a reply from the bench, 'We all know this.'