The Madras High Court in a special hearing on Saturday asked the postal department to go ahead with the tests for jobs on Sunday, but hold back the results till it disposed of a petition challenging exclusion of regional languages in the examinations.
The direction was given by a division bench of Justices K Ravichandran and R Mahadevan on a public interest litigation filed by Aseervatham of the People’s Watch.
The judges sought a response from the Union Communication Ministry why it had excluded regional languages as a medium of examination for the advertised posts and posted the case to July 19.
Aseervatham cited a notification issued by the Assistant Director-General of Posts on May 10 which said the question papers would be in English and Hindi as well as regional languages. However, it was amended on July 11 and the new notification had said that examinations would be conducted only in English and Hindi.
He moved the high court to get the earlier notification restored.
The examination is for the posts multi-tasking staff, postman, mail guard, postal assistant and sorting assistant.
The new notification has evoked strong protest from Dravidian leaders like Stalin, Vaiko and Thirumavalanan as another attempt to impose on non-Hindi speaking people.