Describing the move of having a centralised system for recruitment of district judges as yet another attempt by the centre to “impose Hindi discreetly”, the Kannada Development Authority (KDA), on Friday, urged the Law Ministry to withdraw its consent given earlier in this regard.
In his letter to Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs T.B. Jayachandra, Principal Secretary to Department of Law N.C. Srinivasa, and Registrar, Karnataka High Court, KDA chairman S.G. Siddaramaiah said the state government’s consent to the centre’s centralised recruitment system for lower judiciary did not exhibit commitment to the federal structure of the country.
He said KDA learnt that the state government had accepted the proposed centralised examination for the lower judiciary on the condition that the district judges should have knowledge of Kannada. However, considering the experience of Karnataka in national level competitive examinations conducted by the Institute of Banking and Personnel Selection (IBPS), poor and common people in state were facing serious problem because of officers who did not know Kannada, he said.