A Mumbai-based organisation has taken exception to the notice sent by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray -- because it was in English. Thackeray, whose own party pursues a strident pro-Marathi agenda, appeared before the ED in connection with a money laundering case on Thursday.
Marathi Ekikaran Samiti, which professes to work to protect and promote Marathi, said in emails sent to ED officials that the Central agency must give priority to the local language while operating in Maharashtra.
"We learnt that ED officials are doing their work in English and therefore, we have reminded the Enforcement Directorate officials that sending notice and having name plates and boards in Hindi or English is a violation of Central and state-level guidelines including the three- language policy, which mandates the use of local language," said Govardhan Deshmukh, it president.
Under the Shops and Establishments Act, names of shops, commercial establishments and offices based in Maharashtra must be written in Marathi (in Devnagari script), he said.
"So, we have demanded that ED officials follow these rules," he said.
Deshmukh also stated that his outfit was non-political and had no connection with the MNS or any other party.
The party has also raised objections to the signboard outside the ED’s office in Dadar in Mumbai. Citing a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) law which makes Marathi signboards mandatory in Mumbai, the MNS said that it will be filing a complaint against the ED signboard which is only in Hindi and English.