Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana to ensure that the judiciary also reflects the spirit of Cooperative Federalism enshrined in our Constitution.

Stalin in a letter to Modi and Ramana said certain important aspects relating to the higher judiciary-like setting up of regional benches of the apex court, having judicial diversity and proportional representation of the states in judicial bench and the use of Tamil as the official language of the Madras High Court-needs to be addressed early.

Referring to the appointments of judges of the High Court and Supreme Court, Stalin said it should reflect the diverse and pluralistic society of India.

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“For the past few years, we have been witnessing declining representation from all the sections of the society in the higher judiciary, leading to a ‘diversity deficit,” Stalin said.

“A broad based, hetero geneous group of Judges representing various sections of the society as a whole alone can reflect the views and values of society as a whole, particularly on issues involving historical, traditional, linguistic and cultural matters,” he said.

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