High courts of Bombay, Madras to undergo change in names

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the name of the Calcutta High Court too will be changed to Kolkata High Court. But an official released issued later mentioned only the Madras and the Bombay high courts.

New Delhi | Updated: July 6, 2016 1:07 pm
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The high courts of Bombay and Madras are set to undergo a change in their names.

Amid demands, the Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved a Law Ministry proposal to change the names of the two high courts through an Act of Parliament to correspond to the present names of the cities Mumbai and Chennai respectively.

There have been demands to rename the high courts as Mumbai High Court and Chennai High Court after the metros were rechristened in 1990s.

The proposal of the Department of Justice in the Law Ministry is to bring a bill — The High Courts (Alteration of Names) Bill, 2016– to rename the two high courts established in 1860s under Indian High Court Act, 1861. But at present, there is no central law under which the proposal for change of names of these high courts can be addressed.

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Briefing reporters on the decisions of the Union Cabinet, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the name of the Calcutta High Court too will be changed to Kolkata High Court. But an official released issued later mentioned only the Madras and the Bombay high courts.

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There have also been demands to rename the Calcutta High Court as the Kolkata High Court.

The Calcutta High Court has the distinction of being the first high court and one of the three chartered high courts to be set up in India, along with the high courts of Bombay, Madras. It was formally opened on July 1, 1862.

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Earlier, the government had planned to vest the President with powers to rename a high court in consultation with the Governor, the Chief Minister and the Chief Justice of that state. But the idea has been shelved. The government now plans to consider such demands of change in name on a case-by-case basis, sources said.

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‘Indian High Court Act’ of 1861 vested in the Queen of England to issue letters patent to establish high courts of Calcutta, Madras and Bombay.

The Bombay High Court was inaugurated on August 14, 1862. The high court today has three benches at Nagpur, Aurangabad and Goa. Bombay HC is one of a few institutions in Maharashtra that continue to carry the old name of the city.

The state government renamed Bombay as Mumbai in 1995 and all institutions under it altered names accordingly.

The Madras High Court, which came into being around the same time, has one bench in Madurai.

Besides demands from Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu governments, various organisations too have been pressing for renaming the two high courts.

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    Gajini
    Jul 5, 2016 at 2:12 pm
    I suggest Mumbai HC be renamed as Nathuram DOGse HC. What do you say my dear intelligent bhakts?
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    Indian
    Jul 5, 2016 at 2:41 pm
    Good refreshing change, will surely bring people of this great country together, Unite people and bring patriotism.
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    Mayur Panghaal
    Jul 5, 2016 at 2:56 pm
    Modi renames Congress schemeslt;br/gt;1)Nirmal Bharat - Renamed to Swatch Bharatlt;br/gt;2) Direct Benefit Transfer - Renamed Jan Dhan Yojnalt;br/gt;3) National Pension Scheme - Renamed Atal Pension Yojanalt;br/gt;4) National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) - Renamed Digital India lt;br/gt;5) Aam Aadmi Beema Yojana (AABY), - Renamed Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Beema Yojanalt;br/gt;6) IAY – Indira Awaas Yojna to GRAM - Renamed National Gram Awaas Missionlt;br/gt;7) Planning Commission - Renamed Niti Ayyoglt;br/gt;8) Rajiv hi Gramin Vidyutikaran Pariyojna - Renamed Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGY).lt;br/gt;9) Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP) - Renamed as Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY)lt;br/gt;10) modi said the current government took a strategic decision to begin production of neem-coated urea to boost the falling fertility of India’s over-fertilised agricultural lands.lt;br/gt;Reality: Parliamentary data reveal that urea, along with various pesticides, has been coated with neem for 11 years.lt;br/gt;11) Modi has implied that issuing “soil-health cards” is an original idea of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.lt;br/gt;Reality: More than 50 million soil-health cards had been issued to farmers across states and union territories by March 2012.lt;br/gt;12) Modi claim Farm credit target raised to Rs 8.5 lakh crore. This was a key achievement during 2014-15.lt;br/gt;Reality: An examination of government data since 2010-11 reveals that farm-credit targets are raised by at least Rs 1 lakh crore every year. The target for 2014-15 was fixed at Rs 8 lakh crore.lt;br/gt;13)Modi Launched Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna (PKVY), Traditional Agriculture Growth Programme, to promote organic farming; every farmer to get Rs 20,000 per acre every three years.lt;br/gt;Reality: PKVY is, again, an example of change in nomenclature; it clubs existing organic-farming schemes/programmes.lt;br/gt;14)National Manufacturing policy of 2011 renamed to Make in India.
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    Mayur Panghaal
    Jul 5, 2016 at 2:57 pm
    Modi shd make a ministry of renaming.
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    Sunil Adhate
    Jul 5, 2016 at 5:16 pm
    Is good decision!can change in BSE Bombay stock Exchange to Mumbai Stock Exchange
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