Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar said that not only was the medium of instruction decision taken by bypassing some officers, but also pointed out that the circular on the issue was unconstitutional.
He pointed out that the chief secretary was bypassed when the note on medium of instruction was approved for the cabinet discussion and said the Education Secretary had clearly noted that the decision would have financial implication which noting was not addressed.
But more seriously, the circular issued by the Education Department on 10th June is “illegal” as it is not authorized by the Governor, said Parrikar.
He said the circular was issued in violation of Articles 154 and 166 of the Constitution of India as it was not issued in the name of the Governor.
He pointed out that Article 154 mandated that any order issued by the government has to be in the name of the Governor while Article 166 vested the executive power of the State in the Governor.
Parrikar has threatened to move the courts to challenge the circular issued by the Education Department recognizing English as a medium of instruction.