FactCheck: SC accepting petition in Hindi is not recent

Social media post users are claiming that for the first time Supreme Court hearing will be held in Hindi. The post is accompanied by an image of a news clip with a Hindi headline that loosely translates to: "For the first time Supreme Court hearing will be held in Hindi."

By Sabya Singh  Published on  23 April 2022 2:04 PM GMT
FactCheck: SC accepting petition in Hindi is not recent

Hyderabad: Social media post users are claiming that for the first time Supreme Court hearing will be held in Hindi.

The post is accompanied by an image of a news clip with a Hindi headline that loosely translates to: "For the first time Supreme Court hearing will be held in Hindi."

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Fact Check

NewsMeter found the claim to be misleading.

A keyword search on Facebook yielded multiple posts which shared the same clip back in 2016.

Taking a cue from these posts, further search on Google applying a time filter showed up a couple of news reports that were published in 2016.


As per these reports, after an initial refusal, the Supreme Court of India had accepted a lawyer's Hindi petition. Initially, the court registrar refused to file the petition citing Article 348 (1) of the constitution, which provides that all proceedings in the Supreme Court and every High court shall be in the English Language until Parliament by law otherwise provides.

However, Bramhadev Prasad, the petitioner argued against the court decision and referred to article 19, which provides freedom of speech and expression. Further, he referred to articles 300, 351 & 13 in favor of his argument and ultimately the court accepted his petition.

https://m.jagran.com/bihar/patna-city-bihars-lawyer-broken-tradition-supreme-court-had-to-take-the-petition-written-in-hindi-13509271.html

https://www.naidunia.com/national-supreme-court-accepted-the-petition-written-in-hindi-645358

Hence, the claim is misleading. An old news clip of the Supreme Court accepting a petition filed in Hindi is being shared without any context and as a recent incident.

Claim Review:Supreme Court accepting a petition filed in Hindi
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:Misleading
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