In its earlier interim order on a batch of petitions by Linguistic Minority institutions and individual students challenging the Act of Compulsory Tamil enacted in 2006, the Court had granted exemption to the students having mother tongue other than Tamil from writing Tamil language paper during the board exams.
The matter relates to the government rule making it compulsory for class X students to write part I Tamil language paper.
When the matter came up today, the bench said,"Considering the facts and circumstances of the case, especially the fact that the Tamil Exam is scheduled on March 8, we are of the considered opinion that necessary interim order will have to be passed in the present cases."
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"Accordingly, as an interim measure, we direct the respondent authorities to exempt those students of the petitioners-schools who sought exemption from taking up Tamil exam for the year 2016-17 on reasonable grounds, either individually or through their respective schools," it said.
The bench then directed to post all the petitions in the usual course for further hearing.
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