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Fresh bill to introduce in Parl for rechristening High Courts’ names
New Delhi: Amid growing clamour for changing the names of cities, a bill which seeks to rechristen the iconic high courts of Madras, Calcutta and Bombay has run into trouble and a fresh one has to be introduced in the Parliament to do the same.
The High Court (Alteration of Names) Bill, 2016, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on July 19, 2016 to change the names of Calcutta, Madras and Bombay High Courts to Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai High Courts, respectively.
However, the Tamil Nadu government has asked the Centre to rename the Madras High Court to ‘High Court of Tamil Nadu’ instead of ‘High Court of Chennai’ as proposed in the bill. While the West Bengal government wants the Calcutta High Court to be renamed as Kolkata High Court, the high court has itself “not agreed for revised nomenclature”. Minister of State for Law P P Chaudhary had said the old bill would have to be revised and a new bill introduced. (PTI)