The High Court issued a notice to the government on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), seeking direction to the government to either declare Hindi as official language or one of the languages in J&K.

A division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjay Dhar issued the notice after hearing advocates Priyanshu Sharma and Aditya Sharma on behalf of the petitioners.

The notice seeking response has been issued to Commissioner Secretary, General Administrative Department; Commissioner Secretary, Law; Principal Secretary, Home department and Financial Commissioner Revenue.

During the course of hearing, the counsel submitted that in the erstwhile state of J&K, the commonly used language in Jammu was Dogri and Hindi.

They submitted that in all the government and private schools in Jammu, Hindu has been a “compulsory subject” up to class 10 and Urdu as optional.