Madras High Court bench comprising Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice B. Pugalendhi in the case of M. Satheesh v. The Secretary To Government Of India remarked "This Court expects the Central Government to issue all the notifications in the vernacular language of the States, which is the primary requirement, apart from Hindi and English languages. Otherwise, the very purpose of the notification will be lost. After all, languages are the medium of communication of the people.”
The bench was hearing the writ petition challenging the gazette of reducing the size of the Kanyakumari Wild Life Sanctuary from 10 km to 3 km issued by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of the central government.
Before the gazette notification, Union Ministry issued a notification inviting objections and that to file within 60 days. But due to nationwide lockdown to prevent Covid Pandemic, no hearing was conducted. It was also noted that no notification was released in the vernacular language as per Rule 3 of the Notification of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, dated 19.01.2009 and the Official Memorandum of the Government of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests, dated 19.04.2010.
In the same case Court also observed that reduction in the size of wildlife sanctuary will affect the environment for sure and that too was attempted without a public hearing.
"Like animals, many foreign birds are migrating to various sanctuaries across the Country. Birds, animals and other creatures are having every right to live in the world. This universe is meant not only for humans, but also for every other creature. Since this is a serious issue affecting our environment, the matter has to be dealt with very seriously."