There is no requirement under law to publish the drafts of the proposed regulations for Lakshadweep in vernacular language, the Lakshadweep Administration has told the Kerala High Court (PP Mohammed Faizal Vs. Union of India)..In an affidavit filed in response to a petition filed by Lakshadweep MP, PP Mohammed Faizal, the administration said that Malayalam has not been adopted as an official language in the Union Territory as required under Article 345 of the Constitution of India. Further, the language mainly spoken by the people of Lakshadweep except in Minicoy island is 'Jeseri' which has no script and that English is taught in all schools of Lakshadweep, the affidavit filed through Central Government Counsel, S Manu said. Hence, there is no requirement as contended by the petitioner to publish draft regulations in vernacular language, it was submitted by the Administration.Further, the affidavit also stated that the petitioner's arguments in this regard are without any merit as "Article 348 (1) (b) (ii) of the Constitution requires that the authoritative text of all orders, rules, regulations and bye laws issued under the Constitution or under any law made by Parliament or the Legislature of a State, shall be in the English language".The petition by Faizal, filed through Advocate P Deepak, had raised issue with the manner in which the public notices of drafts of Lakshadweep Prevention of Anti-social Activities Regulations, 2021, Lakshadweep Co-operative Societies Regulation, 2021,Lakshadweep Panchayath Regulation, 2021, Lakshadweep Animal Preservation Regulation, 2021,Lakshadweep Registration of Societies Regulation, 2021 and Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation, 2021 were issued. The three main issues raised were:The drafts were not published in vernacular languages, specifically Malayalam which is claimed to be spoken by most IslandersThe notices were published only online and not many on the Islands have access to good internet facilitiesThe public wasn't given sufficient time to respond to these public notices especially during the COVID-19 lockdown period.Kerala High Court seeks response from Central govt on plea by Lakshadweep MP Mohammed Faizal to publish draft regulations in vernacular languages.Regarding the petitioner's contention that the drafts ought to have been published in vernacular languages, it is argued that there exists no such requirement in law. .Regarding the lack of internet facilities on the Islands, the Administration agreed with that as it is a matter of fact. However, it was pointed out that out of all the responses received on public notices of the drafts, the Administration received twice as many objections and suggestions through email as they did through post.Further, it was added that all the employment notices notifying vacancies in the Lakshadweep Administration, date of competitive examinations, result of examination etc. and other important public notices are also published in the official website of Lakshadweep Administration in English language..Regarding the amount of time given to submit suggestions, it was stated that the petitioner has not highlighted any instance of anybody submitting any request for extension of time in the case of any regulation..It is also submitted that for the framing of regulations under Art 240 of the Constitution, there is no legal requirement to have any pre legislative consultation. Therefore, hearing is excluded as the administrative action in question is regarded as legislative in character and not as an administrative function. .The Administration also claimed that the petitioners have approached the court to re-agitate an issue already settled by Division Bench judgments of the Kerala High Court. This is done despite admittedly having knowledge of the same, it is alleged. The decisions of the Kerala High Court in KP Noushad Ali Vs. Union Territory of Lakshadweep and Mohammed Sadique Vs. Administrator, Union territory of Lakshadweep are mentioned specifically wherein Division Benches of the Kerala High Court had dismissed both petitions that sought stay on the draft regulations and for more time to collect public responses. ."Petition premature, bereft of specifics:" Kerala High Court dismisses plea against Draft regulations in Lakshadweep .Hence, the present petition is nothing but an abuse of the process of the Court, it was submitted. .The administration, therefore, prayed that petition be also dismissed with cost.