Delhi : The top court of the country on Wednesday served a notice to the union government and others to respond to a plea which has sought directions to rename the Bombay High Court as the High Court of Maharashtra. The plea was filed by a retired labour court judge VP Patil.
A bench of the Supreme Court, headed by the Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde said, “Issue notice to the Centre and other respondents and we seek a detailed response from the parties on this matter.” The petitioner, Patil in his plea sought enforcement of the fundamental rights for the citizens of Maharashtra, stating that the word “Maharashtra” denotes special significance in the life of Maharashtrians, thereby, its usage must also find expression in the name of the High Court. The Apex court added that it will further hear the matter after receiving detailed responses from all the parties in the case.
The petitioner said that the concerned authorities in other states should also be directed to change the names of their high courts as per the name of the states where they are located. “This court ought to consider that expression of regional and geographical identity forms part of freedom of speech and expression as guaranteed under Article 19 of the Constitution of India and thus an expression of the word Maharashtra while referring to the high court pertaining to the state amounts to the fundamental right of the petitioner,” it said.