Supreme Court grants consent for National Anthem to be sung in Tamil
A fundamental rights case which had been filed against singing the National Anthem in Tamil at the Independence Day celebration on February 4th this year has been dismissed by the Supreme Court.
The petitioners had mentioned that the National Anthem should only be allowed to be sung in the Sinhala language.
However, the Deputy Solicitor General who appeared for the Attorney General, urged that the national anthem is set out in the Sinhala language in the Sinhala version of the Constitution and Tamil language in the Tamil version of the Constitution.
Furthermore, it was pointed out to court that under Articles 18 & 19 of the Constitution both Sinhala and Tamil enjoy parity of status as official and national languages in terms of the 13th amendment to the Constitution.