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HC turns down PILs challenging state govt’s decision to change the name of Allahabad


Allahabad: Allahabad High Court on Tuesday pushed aside a number of PILs challenging the verdict of the state govt to modify of name of Allahabad as Prayagraj.
Dismissing a PIL filed by Allahabad Heritage Society and others, a division bench comprising Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Dr Yogendra Kumar Srivastava observed, “The material which has been positioned sooner than us giving the reasons for the proposed exchange of name by the state govt, cannot be mentioned to be without foundation, and the similar obviously displays a coverage choice of the state govt.”

Dismissing the PIL, the court docket additional observed, “The petitioners have now not been ready to place on record any material to display that the verdict taken on this regard by the state govt is wholly unreasonable, arbitrary and is based on inappropriate concerns, or that the similar is violative of any constitutional or statutory provision, so that you can deliver the similar within the parameters of the restricted scope of judicial review in such matters.

There could also be not anything on record to display as to how the larger public hobby can be affected by a mere exchange of name.”

“Hence, we aren't vulnerable to workout our additional peculiar jurisdiction below Article 226 of Constitution of India to interfere on this topic,” the court docket mentioned.

“The writ petitions filed as PIL, which are sooner than us are devoid of benefit and are accordingly pushed aside,” the court docket added.


However, the court docket made it transparent that dismissal of those petitions may not be understood so that you can draw an inference that we have got either counseled the notification in question or have expressed any opinion in regards to the verdict of the state govt in admire of the exchange of name.


Earlier, the court docket had reserved its judgment on December 6, 2018 after hearing either side involved within the topic.


All the petitions had challenged the notification of the state govt dated October 18, 2018 whereby the name of Allahabad used to be altered as Prayagraj.




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