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Former Judge (Labour Court) Files Plea in SC to Change the name of Bombay HC to Maharashtra HC

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A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking to rename the Bombay High Court to Maharashtra High Court.

The petitioner VP Patil, former Principal Judge, Labour Court Mumbai, has submitted “that the petition has been filed  on behalf of a large number of people living and belonging to the State of Maharashtra who take immense pride in their Marathi culture and heritage and are seeking renaming of “High Court of Bombay” to “High Court of Maharashtra” are seeking enforcement of their fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution of India, inter alia including the rights contained in Articles 14,19, 21, 29 of the Constitution of India.”

The petitioner has further stated that on July 19,2016 the High Court (Alternation of Names) Bill, 2016 was introduced in the Parliament of India changing of the names of ‘High Court of Judicature at Bombay as “High Court of Judicature at Mumbai’ and ‘High Court of Judicature at Mumbai” as “High Court of Judicature at Chennai’ respectively, however the Bill lapsed in the Parliament due to lack of consensus between the States.

Thereafter again in the year  2018 fresh demands were made to the Central Government to take steps to reintroduce the bill for renaming the High Courts. However, no positive step has been taken, hence the petitioner approached the Supreme Court.

India Legal Bureau

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